As I was eating my breakfast bowl with rolled oats, avocado, basil, salt and tomato this morning, I just couldn’t stop thinking:
‘OMG vegan food is the best. OMG this avocado is so so delicious.’
And then, like a crazy person, I keep telling the avocado I am eating how much I love love love it. I just kept eating and telling my avocado ‘You’re the best you’re so delicious I love you.’
Simply put, I was thoroughly enjoying my breakfast meal (in a totally acceptable medium-crazy way) when it just hit me: I am so in love with avocados, and there is so little I know about them. Except for the fact that they’re a fruit, they are insanely healthy with all the protein and healthy fats they are rich in. And that’s about it.
Then I got the even crazier idea that you my dear readers would be curious to know some interesting facts about this life-saving fruit, too. And I say life-saving, because an avocado can not only fill you up gracefully when you don’t have much other food in your fridge – but because it acts as an amazing mood-booster and depression reliever, too!
Finally, I sat down and dug out some curious, amazing, lovely, and enjoyable facts I believe every vegan must know (as a sign of appreciation to this thoroughly delicious, filling, satisfying plant food).
1. Avocados contain four grams of protein, making them the fruit with the highest protein content!
2. Avocado trees do not self-pollinate; they need another avocado tree close by in order to grow. Avocados are an Aztec symbol of love and fertility, and they also grow in pairs on trees.
3. Avocados mature on the tree, but only ripen once they are taken off the tree. The trees contain enzymes that prevent the fruit from ever ripening on the tree, allowing farmers to use the trees as storage devices for up to 7 months after they reach full maturity, allowing avocados to always be in season.
4. Avocados used to be eaten by giant ground sloths and were saved from extinction by humans
5. Hass is the most popular variety of avocado grown worldwide. The Hass tree was discovered in the backyard of a mailman named Rudolph Hass in Californina in the 1930’s and Hass patented his tree in 1935.
6. 95% of commercially grown avocados come from trees descended from a single tree owned by him.
7. On average, 53.5 million pounds of guacamole are eaten every Super Bowl Sunday, enough to cover a football field more than 20 feet thick.
8. Speaking of guacamole, the origin of the word comes from Spanish explorers could not pronounce the Aztec word for avocado, “ahuacatl,” so they called the avocado “aguacate.”
9. Avocados have the highest fiber content of any fruit and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and folate.
10. Vegan musician Jason Mraz moved onto a farm, discovered hundreds of Avocado trees on it, and now supplies chipotle with Avocados while eating 2-3 daily himself.
11. Avocados used to be called “alligator pears.”
12. You are seeing more stringy avocados lately because global demand has grown and they come from younger trees that haven’t reached their prime production period.
13. Avocados are in the same family as cinnamon.
14. Stealing avocados in CA is a felony punishable by, up to 3 years in state prison.
15. Only four major fruits and nuts were successfully domesticated in the 20th century. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was responsible for three of them: avocados, macadamia nuts, and blueberries. New Zealand got the fourth: the kiwifruit.
16. There is an “Avocado of the Month Club” dedicated to California-grown avocados that will send you a box of freshly picked avocados every month throughout your subscription, whose contents vary from season to season.
17. Avocados are a good source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant critical for a healthy immune system.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”