Florida avocados are different from other types of avocados. Their skin is bright green and occasionally spotted with brown streaks. However, their color does not change when they ripen. The skin is also easy to peel off. The flesh is soft and it has a huge central pit. Perfect for making Guacamole.
August thru September
Where It Grows
Avocados are grown in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. In Florida, commercial production is primarily in Miami-Dade and Collier Counties, however, small plantings and isolated trees are found in warm locations throughout the state.
How it Grows
Most avocado varieties do not come true from seed (i.e., a seed will not render the same variety), so they must be propagated vegetatively. The avocado tree is a medium (30 ft) to large (65 ft) tree and is classified as an evergreen. Less than 1% of the flowers on an avocado tree ultimately produce fruit. Some varieties set a large number of fruit, while others set fewer fruit but retain most of them to maturity.
Did you know?
- Henry Perrine was the first person to introduce avocados in Florida in the year 1833. And Florida was the first state to cultivate avocados in America.
- There are three main varieties of avocados today, the Mexican, the West Indian and the Guatemalan avocados. Cross pollination has led to the development of new varieties of avocados. The Florida variety is native to Mexico variety.
- Avocados are one of the only fruits that contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (the good-for-you fat) that helps boost good (HDL) cholesterol and lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol.
- Avocados are one of the most inexpensive anti-aging tools for your skin.
Calories from Fat 21