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AVOCADO, Alligator Pear (English);
Aguacate, Palta (Spanish)

Free Drawing for $70 Avocado Tree!

The avocado probably originated in southern Mexico but was cultivated from the Rio Grande to central Peru before the arrival of Europeans.

Guatemalan (Persea nubigena var. guatamalensis L. Wms.),

Mexican (P. americana var. drymifolia Blake),

West Indian (P. americana Mill. var. americana).
Hybrid forms exist between all three types.

They are hardy 24 - 19° F. There are dwarf forms for containers.

The avocado is a dense, evergreen tree, shedding many leaves in spring. It is fast growing ...Some are columnar, others nearly prostrate; one makes a good espalier.

West Indian produce smooth round fruits, low in oil, up to 2 pounds. Guatemalan types produce medium ovoid or pear-shaped, pebbled green fruits that turn blackish-green when ripe. Mexican varieties are small (6 - 10 ounces) with paper-thin skins that turn glossy green or black when ripe.

High in monosaturates, studies have shown that avocado oil can reduce blood cholesterol. Leaf and seed extracts have been used for a variety of medical application, including treatment of diarrhea and dysentery and as an antibiotic.

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  • Jun 21, 2003
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