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Ahuacatl: A Fruit for the Ages

Studying the history of the avocado and its agribusiness potential

NOV, 2010   Avocado The avocado has been revered for centuries for both its nutrition and taste. A Peruvian mummy from 800 BC was recently uncovered along with avocado seeds. Researchers believe that avocados were most likely buried with the dead due to their aphrodisiacal qualities, which could prove useful in the afterlife. Avocados are high in valuable fats and appear to have a beneficial effect on blood serum levels. For a typical avocado: About 75% of an avocado's calories come from fat, most of which is monounsaturated. Avocados have 60% more potassium than bananas. They are rich in vitamins B, E, and K. Avocados have a high fiber content among fruits.                 High avoc....

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