Avocados are fruits that originate from south-central Mexico. Avocados are spherical fruits with a big central seed (like in a mango). They are green skinned and ripen after harvesting. The flesh of the avocado is creamy and rich in vitamins. The 31st of July is celebrated as National Avocado Day. Avocado is well known for being the main ingredient of Guacamole, the dip or spread that accompanies many mexican-styled or origin food like tacos and nachos. But beyond just being an ingredient of the guacamole, the avocado also has a lot of other important applications and, more importantly, grand history behind it. This article is specially created to let you know all that you need to know about National Avocado Day.
History behind National Avocado Day
The avocado is technically called Persea americana. It is believed to have originated from the Tehuacan Valley, which is located in Puebla, Mexico. In fact, the Aztecs are known to have eaten avocados. National Avocado Day was founded by Model Meals, meal delivery service based in California. They chose the 31st of July to be National Avocado Day as it is the peak season for avocado in California.
Facts about avocados
- The avocado was initially called as ahuacate or alligator pear. In 1696, Sir Hans Sloane, a naturalist, termed it as ‘avocado’. This was made official in 1915 by the California Avocado Association.
- Apart from consuming avocados, it is believed that the Aztecs included avocados in their face masks.
- Avocado was formally introduced in mexican dishes only during the 1920s and it gained popularity as guacamole only in the 1950s.
- Avocados are a rich source of vitamins C, E, K, B1, B2, A and Potassium, and Omega 3 fatty acids.
- Mexico produces more than 30 per cent of the world’s supply of avocados.
- It is believed that Mesoamerican tribes such as the Inca, the Olmec and the Maya domesticated and cultivated the then wild avocado trees.
How to celebrate National Avocado Day?
The best way to celebrate National Avocado Day is to:
- Start by Googling all that you need to know about avocados (or you could just read this article)
- Google the recipe for your favourite avocado based dish
- Go to the nearest market or grocery store and get some fresh avocados
- Invite friends and family over
- Prepare the avocado dish of your choice
- Have fun as you munch on your favourite avocado-based dish!
Why we celebrate National Avocado Day?
The purpose of National Avocado Day is not to just remember the fruit. One celebrates National Avocado Day to understand the rich history behind the fruit, the applications of avocados and its health benefits. So National Avocado Day is a day to be remembered. It is a chance to try something unique and spend quality time with friends and family. Watching or chatting or playing with friends or family while munching on avocado based snacks and finally sharing an avocado based dinner with your loved ones. It has much greater value than just being a fruit, especially if it is able to give you a reason to celebrate and have fun with your loved ones. So this 31st of July don’t forget to celebrate National Avocado Day!
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