Avocado (Persea americana) is a tropical fruit also referred to as Alligator Pear. Avocados are referred to as alligator pears because they were first discovered growing mainly near the territory of alligators. Some avocado fruits are green with a leathery rough skin which may be one the reasons it is referred to as alligator pear.
The Avocado tree is apart of the Laurel family or what is called the Lauraceae. The tree can grow up to 60 feet in height and has dark green leaves from four(4) to eight(8) inches in length. The fruit varies in color, size, and shape, depending on the variety of the tree. There are more than 500 varies of avocado trees. The fruit can be pear-shaped, round, egg-shaped, oval, and comes in a variety of colors such as brown, green, purple, red, or maroon. The fruit varies in weight from one ounce to four pounds. The inside of the fruit is a yellow-green pulp with a large round seed on the inside.
Avocados have a high nutritional value, containing up to 30 percent fat, in addition to carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and more protein than any other fruit. Avocados are extensively cultivated in Florida and California but is also grown in parts of Hawaii and Texas.
Avocados are eaten in a variety of dishes. Dishes such as salads, cocktails, desserts, soups, and spreads. Guacamole is a popular Mexican and Cuban spread/salad that is made from chopped hot peppers, onions, tomatoes and mashed avocados. Guacamole is now becoming a popular American dish after many Americans started leraning about how healthy avocados are many started including it in their diet. Healthy fast for restaurants such as Taco Cabana and Chipole to name a few have guacamole included in their orders.