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11 interesting facts about avocados

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Do you love avocados on toast or would you rather have tortilla chips with guacamole? Either way, scroll down to look at some interesting and fun facts about the much-loved fruit.

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Though avocados are often referred to as a vegetable, they are, in fact, a fruit belonging to the Lauraceae family. The name comes from the Spanish word "aguacate," which, in turn, is derived from the Mexican word "ahuacatl."

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Avocado was originally called “alligator pear,” after an Irishman in 1696 called its tree by the name “alligator pear tree.”

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According to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest avocado ever weighed in at five pounds and eight ounces (2.5 kilograms). The fruit, which set the record on Jan. 3, 2018, belonged to Felicidad Pasalo of Hawaii, U.S.

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Conquistadors used avocados to produce ink. They discovered the seeds secreted a liquid that turns red after exposure to air.

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Avocados are mostly grown in Mexico; scientists have even uncovered evidence they were consumed as early as 10,000 B.C. in that country.

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Avocados are expensive - more so than most other fruits - because of the high labor cost. The high-hanging fruit, which is only hand-picked, is plucked by using long poles.

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Even though they mature on the tree, avocados only ripen after harvesting. The easiest way to ripen avocados at home is by keeping them in a brown paper bag at room temperature.

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To see if an avocado is ripe, check its weight and color. A fully ripened fruit will be heavy for its size and darker in hue.

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They were considered a symbol of love and fertility among the Aztecs, as avocado trees can’t self-pollinate and need another to be nearby to grow.

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Avocados are rich in vitamins, nutrients and fiber (both soluble and insoluble). They also have more potassium than bananas and more protein than any other fruit.

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Dogs or cats can be fed the fruit, but only with the skin removed as it can be poisonous to the animals.

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