Celebrating the Green Berry from the Americas

Are you ready to add a delicious green food to your table? July 31 is National Avocado Day!

“Avocados are not only a versatile ingredient that can be used for anything from breakfast to sweet or savory dishes, they also make us feel good and are nutritionally dense, packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy mono-saturated fats.”

Avocado toast on wooden table.

The Origin of Avocados

Avocados are a tree-grown fruit, and technically a berry. Not only have they become a staple in our diet, avocados are great for the body and mind! A great source of nutrients, avocados include folate, magnesium, potassium, and important vitamins C, E, K, and various B vitamins. They contain the most protein and fiber of any fruit.

Eaten in the Americas since at least 500 BCE, avocados didn’t start entering the popular consciousness until the early 20th century. Previously known as ‘alligator pears,’ the California Avocado Growers’ Exchange lobbied for a name change to make them more sellable. This green fruit went by a few names before settling on what we call them today.

And, during, the coronavirus pandemic, avocados are even part of relief efforts. Residents around Washington, DC can stock their pantries with this healthy superfood courtesy of Avocados from Peru and Giant Food.

“Avocados are not only a versatile ingredient that can be used for anything from breakfast to sweet or savory dishes, they also make us feel good and are nutritionally dense, packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy mono-saturated fats,” said Lisa Coleman, director of healthy living at Giant Food. “We are excited to be able to provide this superfood as part of our ongoing efforts to make sure that all families in our community have access to healthy food options.”

“The pandemic has had no effect on shipments, which is somewhat surprising since the foodservice market has been decimated,” according to Xavier Equihua, president and CEO of Peruvian Avocado Commission. “People are still seeking them out due to their status as a healthy comfort food.”

Avocados at Shop LC?

Ripe for the picking, add this delicious fruit to your jewelry collection with this avocado pendant from Shop LC. Clever placement of green and champagne cubic zirconia stones creates a sparkling effect in a setting of sterling silver. Genuine 14K yellow gold plating completes the look!

Multi colored simulated diamond avocado pendant necklace.

While you’re at it, discover the entire Whimsical Collection from Shop LC!