The California Avocado is a native American plant and the most popular variety is the Haas. Avocados originated in Mexico some 5,000 years ago. As for today, we can thank Judge R. B Ord of Santa Barbara for introducing avocado trees to the US from Mexico in 1871.
California is the leading producer of avocados in the US…. It’s no wonder so many recipes from California feature avocados. They’re grown year-round and one tree on average produces about 150 avocados per year…. although they can produce up to 500 avocados or 200 pounds of avocados yearly… now that’s a lot of guacamole!
How to Pick an Avocado
The avocado growers of California suggest looking the Fresh California Avocado Brand to be sure you are getting avocados grown under the best possible conditions.
Gently squeeze the avocado in your hand… it should be firm yet yield to gentle pressure. Unfortunately, you cannot go but color to determine ripeness… the Haas avocado, that I mentioned earlier, for example, will turn dark green or black as it ripens, but other varieties won’t…. so the squeeze test is your best bet in helping choose a ripe avocado.
Did you know you can freeze avocado?
Yep… you can… wash, seed and peel the avocado. Puree the avocado … add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to two pureed avocados. Put it in a freezer bag or air tight container (leave about an inch of head space) and freeze…. it’s as simple as that. it will last in the freezer 4-5 months.
There are about 6,000 avocado growers in California and the average grove size is 10 acres.
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