Avocados are a bright green fruit with dark, leathery skin. They are also known as an alligator pear or butter fruit and are considered a large berry containing a single, large seed (pit).
Mexico is the largest producer of avocados, but 95% of the avocados supplied to the United States are grown in Southern California. These little wonder fruits are packed full of vitamins C, E, K, B6, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, lutein, beta carotene and omega-3 fatty acids.
Research suggests that eating avocados can help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, and enhance weight loss. They also have been proven to reduce the risk of cancer and the fiber contained in the fruit is a natural detox for your digestive tract. Avocado oil actually fights off certain bacterial infections.
If you enjoy planting seeds, try growing an avocado tree following these easy steps. After removing the seed from the avocado, wash it well and wrap it in a wet paper towel. Place the wrapped seed in an air-tight baggie. Blow the baggie up with your breath, seal it tight and place it in a window sill that gets full sunlight. Be sure the air-tight baggie stays blown up with moisture in it.
Once the seed has sprouted, plant it in a good-sized pot filled with potting soil. Keep it inside during the cold months where it can get sunlight and put it outside in the summer. It may take three years or more before you see your first avocado, but it will continue to grow.
The Lord has provided so many good foods that maintain our health. The avocado is just one example. See how many fruits and vegetables you can list using the alphabet. Here, I’ll get you started: avocado, banana …
Source: Medical News Today, Megan Ware, RDN, July 28, 2021, webmd.com, Wikipedia
Recipe – Avocado Toast
1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. lime juice
salt to taste
Mix together and spread on your favorite toast.