Florida Avocados

Did you know that avocados are not only delicious they are also very nutritious? Avocados have more protein than any other fruit and are an excellent source of fiber, folate, potassium and vitamins C, E and K. Avocados are in season in Florida from June through January and grow best in South Florida’s warm temperatures. Miami-Dade and Collier counties produce the largest amount of avocado in the state.

It is believed that the first domestic avocado was brought to Florida in 1833 and now there are more than 56 varieties of Florida avocados grown on about 6,000 acres. Varieties are classified as summer, fall, or winter. The summer fruit has bright green, smooth, thin skin. The fall and winter varieties are also bright green but have thicker, rough skins. Avocados come in a wide assortment of shapes, ranging from round, to teardrop-, to football-shaped. All avocados have a smooth, creamy texture and a delicate nutty flavor.

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