Over the last six months, I have developed an obsession with avocados. I liked avocado before in my sushi, smashed into guacamole, or on a burger. Now I love it. I love it so much that I cut it up and eat it alone. Dominicans really love their avocados, too. And you can find them everywhere. Street vendors sell them on every corner. At lunch, they walk up and down the streets selling them. They're also very cheap here. I usually pay between 50 cents to $1 for a massive one (like the one pictured above).
I don't have any exciting recipes to share because I consumed this avocado for dinner last night with just a little salt and pepper sprinkled on top. Why paint the lily when you don't need to, right? In lieu of a recipe, I thought I'd share with you the following facts about avocados.
- Avocados are fruits, but more specifically are berries with a large seed inside
- Avocados are native to Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean
- Mexico is the largest avocado producer with 1,040,390 metric tons produced per year (the Dominican Republic ranks #7 in avocado production with 140,000 metric tons)
- Avocados lower your cholesterol
- Consuming avocados promotes healthy skin and hair
- Avocados have 60% more potassium than bananas
- In California, avocados are most abundant in spring and summer. In Florida and the Caribbean, avocados are most abundant in October
- Avocado is derived from the Aztec word "ahuacatl" and is called aguacate in Spanish
- 70-80% of the avocado's calories come from fat, but the fat is health-promoting monosaturated fat
- The avocado is colloquially known as the Alligator Pear