Avocados are a large family made up of two groups. Some varieties native to the wet climate around the Caribbean Sea and southern Florida are known for their large size, sweeter flesh and lower fat content. Many of these varieties are more rounded in shape and have a somewhat smoother skin than their cousins found in the drier climates of Mexico and southern California. Those varieties are more pear-shaped, have much higher oil content and a pebbly skin. Avocados are used in many vegetarian dishes, making an excellent substitute for meats because of their high fat content. Its creamy texture is perfect for guacamole and as a filling for many types of sushi or sandwiches. Avocado oil has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 cup, 150 g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 240
  • Calories from fat: 198
  • Fat: 22g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 11mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.8g
    • Fiber: 10.1g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 4%
  • Vitamin C: 25%
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Iron: 5%


Handling & Storage


Bacon: Available late Fall into Spring. Fuerte: Available late Fall - Spring. Gwen: Available late Winter - Summer. Pinkerton: Available Winter - Spring. Reed: Available in Summer months. Zutano: Available late Fall - early Winter. Florida grown fruit: June to October.

Also Known As

  • Alligator Pear
  • Midshipman\'s Butter
  • Avocadito (Cocktail)
  • California Avocado (Hass)
  • Alligator Fruit
  • Butter Pear
  • Mexican Avocado
  • Smooth Skin Avocado
  • Florida Avocado

Many Avocado varieties do not ripen on the tree, so many sold in stores may need to be ripened. Ripen an avocado by leaving it at room temperature for 3-5 days. Only refrigerate ripe avocados, otherwise ripening will not occur. Be sure to select fruit without dark sunken spots or cracks.


  • Bacon
  • Fuerte
  • Gwen
  • Pinkerton
  • Reed
  • Zutano
  • Cocktail
  • Simmons


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