I’ve always enjoyed taking guacamole (avocado dip) to summer parties. You can make it easily by mashing the yellow green pulp and putting additives in such as garlic, salsa, curry, or tamari. Everyone loves the rich, creamy texture, and the way it adheres to their chips. What I didn’t know is that the common, egg shaped, avocado is a power house of vitamins and minerals, and similar to olive oil in it’s ratio of saturated and unsaturated fats. Did you know that an avocado is 60% richer in potassium than a banana, and has a high quantity of the B vitamins, vitamin E and K? It is also blessed with Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium phosphorus, zinc and a high fiber content.
Avocados are also popular because you can use them as a science project for your kids. Just put an avocado pit in a glass of water and watch it grow! However, you want to make sure your pets don’t get curious about why this plant is getting all the attention. Avocado plants; their leaves, bark, skin and pits are toxic to animals. Although the avocado is easily grown from seed, commercial growers do not propagate their trees in this manner. Instead, they use grafting and rootstocks, because this way yields a clone of it’s parent and produces fruit much faster.
The avocado appears to be very ancient. The oldest remnants, dated at 10,000 years, have been traced to a cave in Coxcaltan, Mexico. The Aztecs called it the “fertility fruit”, and it’s name in Nahuatl means testicle. This unusual plant has flowers that bloom in the morning as one sex, close and then later in the day they open as the opposite sex. And their crop bearing seems to run with the same theme of yin and yang. (One year is bountiful and the next year is scanty) Perhaps the Indians used the avocado in some way during their fertility rituals.
Native to the warm, humid climates of the Caribbean, Mexico, South and Central America, the Avocado is now also grown in drier climates of California and New Mexico. Although Mexico is the largest producer of avocados, most of the ones we eat in the US, are grown in our own country.
Avocado as an aromatherapy carrier oil is noted for its regeneration and rejuvenation properties of the skin. High in sterolins, it will heal age spots, sun damage and diminish scaring. Avocado oil has also been shown to increase the skin’s collagen, making it a great oil for mature skin. It is easily deeply absorbed and has excellent emollient properties. Use this aromatherapy carrier oil as a moisturizer to diminish wrinkles and heal, eczema, psoriasis, dry, dehydrated or undernourished skin.
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