INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE AVOCADO
Although people often talk about the avocado fruit, the avocado is actually a berry of the avocado tree – a laurel plant. Avocados are often called butter pears because of their creamy consistency, or alligator pears because of the texture of their skin. Avocados are considered fruits and not vegetables and are in season from January to April and again from August to December.
AVOCADO VARIETIES AND ORIGIN
The best known avocado variety is Fuerte. It is large, green and pear-shaped and tastes particularly mild. “Hass” avocados are small and roundish and turn a dark purple to black colour when ripe. They taste slightly nuttier than the Fuerte avocados. Avocados originally come from southern Mexico and were already cultivated by the Aztecs. Like so many other foods, Spanish explorers brought them to Europe for the first time in the 16th century. Today, avocados are produced in California, South Africa, Chile, Peru, Australia and southern Spain, among other places.
We source our avocados from Spain because of the better ecological balance there. They come from the coast of Granada. The subtropical microclimate of this Spanish province is perfect for growing avocados. Resource-conserving cultivation, especially with regard to water consumption in Spain, was also very important to us.
WHY ARE AVOCADOS HEALTHY?
Avocados are real all-rounders: Their creamy-buttery consistency provides a wonderful flavour and a pleasant feeling of fullness, and the ingredients are also precious. The green fruit is healthy and nutritious: Due to its high content of unsaturated fatty acids and the skin-protecting vitamins A and E, avocado is a fountain of youth for the skin. It is a good vegetable protein source for vegans, and avocado also plays a central role in low-carb diets because it contains practically no carbohydrates.
Avocados will keep you sated for a long time due to their high protein content. While avocados have the highest fat content of all known fruits and vegetables, they are considered healthy fats due to their composition of many mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids. 100 grams of avocado actually contains a good 200 calories. The valuable unsaturated vegetable fatty acids have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. They also ensure that vitamins and nutrients can be absorbed easily by the body. Last but not least, they boost your metabolism so they can help you lose weight.