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Avocado Fruit Facts and Information
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Avocados Avocado, also alligator pear, common name for a tree native to tropical America, and for the fruit of this tree. The fruit is a greenish, thick-skinned drupe, similar in size and shape to a large pear.

When ripe, the flesh has the consistency of firm butter and a faint nutlike flavor. It has a high fat content, containing 10 to 20 percent oil, and is rich in protein.

In the United States avocado is popular as a salad vegetable, and in the tropics it is often used in soup. The tree is extensively cultivated in the southern United States and California.

How to Store:
To ripen, keep avocados at room temperature for three to 10 days. To speed ripening, place avocados in a brown paper bag, or use a fruit ripening bowl. Ripe avocado can be stored in the warmest part of the refrigerator for several days.

Basic Nutritional Facts
· "California Avocados Commission"
· High Fat content (10 to 20% oil)
· High Protien content
· Sodium-free
· Cholesterol-free

Detailed nutritional informatin can be found by searching the USDA Nutritional Database . Enter "Avocado" (no quotes) as the keyword and select the link and report of interest.

Scientific classification:
The avocado tree belongs to the family Lauraceae. It is classified as Persea americana.