So Manu was supposed to write up fruit friday yesterday, but things happen so I am here to step up to the task. Today we are talking about aguacates, or avocados, but these are not your usual little state-side things. These aren’t even your pretty-big-possibly-GM California avocados, these are cat sized avocados!(Truffaut is growing, so it is a relative measure, but this was also one of the “smaller” avocados.)
The word aguacate comes from the Nahuatl word ahuácatl, which means testicle, in reference to the shape of the fruit. And since form dictates function, it’s not surprising then the Aztecs saw it as a fertility fruit. Some places (like Peru, Argentina, Chile) refer to the avocado by its Quechua name, palta. It originated in Mexico, but having now spanned the world it has garnered other names like “butter fruit” (India and China) and “alligator pear” (China).
I like to think these larger avocados put the “agua” in “aguacate” because they are a bit waterier than their Hass relatives (which you can also find here, but not in such abundance like street carts everywhere). If you mash them for guacamole or fried avocado sandwiches they will be a bit soupy, but they are excellent in tacos or any other more solid form. They are also a bit sweeter than other avocados and very smooth. Incase this post has not already got you craving them, let me inform you that avocados are high in fiber and have 60% more potassium than bananas! They also have B vitamins, and vitamins E and K.
I was trying to find the name of this variety of avocado for you but was met with little success, but you can poke around this Avocado Variety List if you want. If you were wondering why so many are named after places in California it’s because they are big business for the golden state; 90% of the U.S.’s avocados come from California. Of course internationally Mexico reigns, no surprise there.
And there you have it, the monster variety of a probably familiar fruit. Have a good weekend!