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10 December 2010

Know more about the South American fruit... Avocado: Why Eat Avocados?

Common Name: Avocado, Alligator Pear (English); Aguacate, Palta (Spanish)

Origin: Avocado were probably originated in southern Mexico but later on cultivated from Rio Grande to central Peru before the arrival of Europeans on that land.

Fruits: The fruit of Mexican varieties are small (6 - 10 ounces) with paper-thin skins that turn glossy green or black when ripe. The flesh of avocados is deep green near the skin, that turns yellowish towards inedible big hard spherical seed. The flesh is hard when harvested but softens to a buttery texture. 

Medicinal Values: Leaf and seed extracts of Avocado are used for a variety of medicinal applications in diarrhea and dysentery and as an antibiotic.

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