The Truth About Why We’re Obsessed With Avocados

Avocados: Sometimes Expensive, Sometimes Oh, So Cheap


Avocados can be so expensive! Due to their popularity, people will spend $1.25 per avocado! But, what happens when they’re less than a dollar? The avocados immediately go EMPTY!


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s a lover of avocados I can vouch that I still live in a one-bedroom apartment and pay rent. Although, I don’t think my avocado consumption is the reason to blame. Avocados hold so much joy for me. Growing up with a father from a Hispanic culture, avocados were just part of the diet and were always so delicious. So when I would meet people and they’d say, “You like avocados?!” I just didn’t understand why they didn’t like them. It turns out, not everyone is into super high fatty fruits that almost are tasteless and sometimes too creamy. But, people change, especially now that it’s trendy and OH, so GOOD for you! I’d like to say I’m the real OG of avocado lovers, but really, it’s the roots of cultures and expansions of people that helped me find this unconditional love.

The green delicacy has been around for centuries dating back to almost 10,000 years in Central Mexico, and Mesoamerican tribes were the first to grow and domesticate avocado trees. Fast forward to the Spanish Conquest years where they were the first to bring avocados into European culture. By the time of the Spanish Conquest, avocados had spread from Mexico to South America where the name became ‘Alligator Pear’ because of the bumpy green skin the outer shell displays.

1833 was a big year for the United States and the expansion of avocados- horticulturist Henry Perrine was the first to plant avocados in Florida. But, it wasn’t until the early 20th century that avocados became a commercial crop, and while popularity in California, Florida and Hawaii where growing, they were not mainstream in the other parts of the U.S. 1950 is the year they started gaining popularity in other states finding ways to incorporate the fatty fruit into salads. Fast forward to 2015 to present day where trendy diets are telling consumers ‘healthy fats’ are good for you, and avocados are flying off the shelves to create dishes of decadence.

So, what are some health benefits of avocados besides the good fat argument? For one, it’s a unique type of fruit, yes a fruit. Most fruits tend to fall heavily into carbohydrate territory, while avocados produce high-quality fat. They’re incredibly nutritious which include 20 different vitamins and minerals, contain more potassium than bananas; the fat they contain is called oleic acid, a fat that keeps the heart healthy, and, overall people who eat avocados tend to be healthier. So, yes! More avocados please for a long, healthy life!

The popularity of avocados has brought an interesting realm of recipes. No longer is it just used to make guacamole or top on salads. It’s used to create ice cream, salad dressings, buns (for when you’re trying to go carbless) and even cheesecake. The options are endless for the subtle in taste (but oh so delicious), fatty fruit.

So, yes, sometimes avocados are $1.50 a piece (at least in California), and other times deals so hot, like $0.66 per piece they are flying off the shelves and you’re left with the too ripe ones that you need to eat ASAP. Millennials are the creative generation, and like to turn old into new, uncool into cool, and avocados into margaritas, or, in the case of this recipe from Bon Appetit — Herby Avocado Hummus.

Avocado trees are unable to self-pollinate; to have a thriving tree (or trees), they need another avocado tree close by to grow. Avocados are the Aztec symbol of love and fertility, and sometimes they can grow in pairs on the tree.


Here’s a funny but sad joke: Millennials can’t afford to buy homes because they buy too many avocados. Whether this holds true or not, it’s true; avocados are a hot commodity among millennials. From $15 avocado toasts (?!) to deep-fried avocado, avocado ice cream, avocado fries and even a margarita, avocados have been the new trendy item for a few years now.

 

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