Fresh Food Facts: Avocados

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Avocados are a big deal—and they’re delicious! We pulled together a few facts about the famed “alligator pear” to celebrate National Guacamole Day!

  1. Avocados are actually classified as a fruit and are part of the Lauraceae family. (Source)
  2. Transporting avocados requires a temperature of 40-55 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid damage. (Source)
  3. Consumption of avocados has risen 3x since 2001. (Source)
  4. More than 2.6 billion pounds were consumed in 2020. (Source)
  5. Hass avocados reached record sales in Q1 of 2021 with retail sales at $144 million. (Source)
  6. Americans went from eating 2.21 pounds of avocados per capita in 2000 to nearly 8 pounds per capita in 2019. (Source)

Fresh Tip
Avocados about to go bad? There's no need to let them go to waste! Simply mash the avocado with lime juice and freeze in a plastic bag with all air removed. Thaw in the fridge overnight and use for dishes like guacamole or creamy avocado dip.

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