Summertime Fruits and Vegetables – Avocados

Summertime is on the way, a season that offers hot days, cool swimming pools, and refreshing lemonade. There are also plenty of fruits and vegetables to enjoy at this time of the season. So let’s take a quick look at some of the best that summer fruits and veggies have to offer. We will take a quick look at what nutritional value these fruits and vegetables have to offer, as well as their origins and a couple of refreshing recipes for the summer season.

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Avocados

The avocado tree is part of the laurel tree family and has been around for nearly 10,000 years. There are at least three cultivated strains of the avocado plant that range from Guatemala, West India, and Mexico.  Earliest traces of the plant were found in present-day Peru and were dated from 8,000 to 15,000 years ago, during the Mesolithic period.  The earliest evidence for cultivation of the plant was 5,000 years ago by local tribes that were inhabiting central Mexico.

The earliest written account of the avocado, outside of its origins, was penned by Spanish explorer, Martín Fernández de Enciso.  He had mentioned them in a book he wrote in 1519 and eventually, the Spanish started importing the fruit to Spain and England. Over time, avocados became commercialized in places like Jamaica, Barbados, and the United States.

 

Avocado Nutrition

 

  • Vitamins:  Avocados are rich in vitamins C, E, K, and B-6. They are also are rich in minerals such as riboflavin, niacin, folate, magnesium, and potassium.

 

  • Heart Healthy: According to Medical News Today, “Avocados contain 25 milligrams per ounce of a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol. Regular consumption of beta-sitosterol and other plant sterols has been seen to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.” They are also high in monosaturated fat, a good fat that helps lower bad cholesterol.

 

  • Detoxification: Avocados are fiberous, which means that they help your body detox through regular bowel movements. This fiber can also help regulate the immune system and help with inflammation.

 

Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe

If you want to know one of the best ways to eat and prepare avocado, then click on the picture below.  This guacamole is easy to make, fresh tasting, and perfect for a hot summer day.

 

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Sources:

https://www.avoseedo.com/a-brief-history-of-the-avocado/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270406.php

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/all-about-avocados


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