Ten Things You May Not Know About Avocados

Avocado blossom
Avocado blossom (Photo courtesy of Bobby Matherine)

1) An avocado tree can bloom four or five times a year.

2) Avocados grown in sunlight are sweeter; avocados from the shady interior of the tree have a higher oil content.

3) Avocados can be "stored" on the tree for as long as six months and picked as needed. The longer the fruit stays on the tree, the higher the oil content.

4) Avocados must be harvested by hand.

5) Mature avocados don't become soft and ripe until after they're picked.

6) Avocados should be ripened at room temperature until they yield slightly to gentle pressure. A hard avocado can take up to two weeks to ripen.

7) Avocados are grown commercially in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Israel, and New Zealand.

8) Half of the avocados consumed globally are grown in Michoacán, Mexico.

9) Avocado wood is sometimes used for making guitars.

10) Avocado honey is thick, rich, and reddish in color. And it doesn't taste like avocado.

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