Top 20 interesting facts
Avocado – at first glance a nondescript fruit with an incomprehensible, let’s say directly “no” taste, is gaining more and more popular among our compatriots and has every right to do so. Here are just 20 interesting facts about avocados, but in reality, there are many more.
Fact #1: The Many Faces of Avocado
Avocados have many names: crocodile (alligator) pear, poor cow, midshipman’s oil.
Fact #2: a very ancient fruit
Avocados have been known since very ancient times. More recently, in the tombs of mummies dating back to 750 BC Avocado bones were found. So already then not only knew about this amazing fruit but also loved it. Rock paintings of avocados that are more than 12,000 years old have also been found.
Fact #3: not a vegetable, but a fruit
This is actually surprising: it turns out the avocado is not a vegetable at all, but a fruit, since it grows on a tree, and the fruits of the trees are fruits.
Fact #4: Marked by Guinness
Avocados are listed in the Guinness Book of Records for being the most nutritious fruit in the world. The recording was made on September 25, 1998.
Fact # 5: originally from Mexico
The birthplace of avocado in Mexico. And even debate about this is not conducted.
Fact #6: There Are Many
It seems to us that an avocado always looks the same. In fact, about a hundred varieties of avocados are distinguished. They differ from each other in size (from 100 grams to 2 kg), shape (round, oval, pear-shaped), color (from dark green to dark purple), taste and fat content.
Fact #7: the name came up with the Spaniards
The name “avocado” was given to this fruit by the Spaniards, the first of Europeans to try it.
Fact #8: a treat for diabetics
Avocados are a wonderful treat for people with diabetes, as it contains less than one and a half percent sugars, but there are a lot of vitamins and minerals that are good for your health and strengthen your immune system.
Fact #9: a relative of Lavrushka
The avocado belongs to the laurel family, that is, it is a direct relative of the usual bay leaf.
Fact #10: Solid Poison
Avocado seed, like its leaves, bark, the peel contains poisonous substances, so you can’t eat them – you can get very poisonous.
Fact #11: meat substitute
Avocado contains so much protein that it can completely replace meat dishes on the table of vegetarians.
Fact #12: very nutritious
100 grams of avocado contains more than 200 kilocalories, so the fruit is very nutritious and quite suitable for cooking main dishes.
Fact #13: Cook carefully
If the avocado is subjected to prolonged heat treatment, it begins to bitter. Therefore, it is preferable to use it in its raw form, and if cooked – then very briefly.
Fact #14: not all ripen
In stores, avocados are sold solid, immature. It’s best to let the avocado ripen helps a simple way: you need to wrap the fruit in a paper bag and put it in a dark place for a couple of days at room temperature. Some advice putting avocados together with an apple or banana in a plastic bag – but here the focus with ripening is not always obtained. The reason for this error in transportation: avocados rotten from the inside will never be able to ripen under any circumstances.
Fact #No. 15: salvation from old age and disease
50 grams of avocados contain a daily dose of carotenoids, which help maintain youth at the cellular level, improve skin function, and provide good vision.
Fact #16: healthy fats only
Avocados are one-third of fats. But these are useful plant-unsaturated fats that are easily absorbed by the body and do not increase low-density lipoproteins and cholesterol. Moreover, they are necessary for the elasticity of all collagen-containing structures of the body.
Fact #No. 17: Iron Nerves
Avocados are rich in B vitamins and other substances that directly and indirectly affect the stability of the nervous system to external stimuli. A person who regularly uses avocados becomes calmer and more collected, can resist troubles, and remains optimistic even in the most difficult situations.
Fact #18: attention to allergies!
An allergic reaction may develop on an avocado. Especially susceptible to those who are allergic to latex or citrus.
Fact #19: Cultured Avocado
Avocados are cultivated in Brazil, Africa, Israel, and the USA. At the same time, one tree produces up to 300 kg of fruit annually.
Fact #20: Aphrodisiac
Aborigines consider avocados to be the strongest aphrodisiac, and, to wish many young children, they give many avocados.