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Avocados are the most representative fruit of Mexico.
They are nearly ever-present with traditional Mexican meals. They are also very popular around the world, and not just for guacamole.

Avocados should be firm with the barest give.
Rock-hard avocados are unripe. Mushy avocados are too far gone.

Hass avocados are creamy.
Water avocados (aguacate de agua) taste watery and are considered an inferior variety.

The flesh should be yellowish with a green edge. (Pic1) Any brown means the avocado is damaged or going bad.


This is what you need for each serving:

  • 1-2 avocados
  • S&P
Pic1: fresh avocado on bread



Pic2: with prosciutto, salmon salad
Pic3: on tortillas
Pic4: in soup

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b. Growing an avocado tree at home

2015 a.o.

Germinating an avocado seed and growing a little avocado is a fun project. Avocado trees are HUGE, but they can be pruned back to pot size and will even bear fruit that way. (Pic6)

It is quite easy:

  1. Stick 3-4 toothpicks in the avocado pit.
  2. Place the pit over water, or with the bottom just barley touching the water.
  3. Within a few days to weeks, the first root and the shoot will start developing.
  4. Avocado can be kept in water for over a year. Just keep the water clean.
  5. When the trunk reaches 2-3 ft, top it to force the tree to branch out.
  6. Most aocado trees don't bear fruit until 5-10 years old, but some have been reported to bear in their 3rd year.


Pic5: germinating an avocado seed
Pic6: avocado tree in pot