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Avocado Facts

  • Name: Avocado
  • Type of Food: Fruit
  • Produced From: Avocado Tree (Persea americana)
  • Total Calories: 322 (201g serving)
  • Total Fat: 29 grams (201g serving)
  • Total Protein: 4 grams (201g serving)
  • Total Carbohydrates: 17 grams (201g serving)

27 Avocado Facts for Kids

  1. Avocado is a fruit produced by the avocado tree (Persea americana).
  2. According to the USDA, avocados are classified as a vegetable. However, avocados are botanically a fruit because it’s a large berry containing one large seed.
  3. Avocados are also known as avocado pears and alligator pears.
  4. The shape of an avocado can vary, but is usually spherical, egg-shaped or pear-shaped.
  5. Avocados have a dark green skin and starts to turn brown after its been harvested.
  6. Avocados are native to South Central Mexico in North America.
  7. There are over 500 different types of avocadoes grown worldwide.
  8. According to FAOSTAT, the world produced over 7 million tons of avocados in 2018.
  9. According to FAOSTAT, the top producer of avocados in 2018 was Mexico with over 2.4 million tons.
  10. According to FAOSTAT, 69 countries commercially produced avocados in 2018.
  11. Avocados are one of the few fruits that contain protein.
  12. An avocado contains more potassium than a banana.
  13. One avocado (201 grams) contains 322 calories.
  14. One avocado (201 grams) contains 29 grams of fat.
  15. One avocado (201 grams) contains no cholesterol.
  16. One avocado (201 grams) contains 14 milligrams of sodium.
  17. One avocado (201 grams) contains 17 grams of carbohydrates.
  18. One avocado (201 grams) contains 14 grams of dietary fiber.
  19. One avocado (201 grams) contains 1 gram of sugar.
  20. One avocado (201 grams) contains 4 grams of protein.
  21. One avocado (201 grams) contains 23 milligrams of calcium.
  22. One avocado (201 grams) contains 1 milligram of iron.
  23. One avocado (201 grams) contains 973 milligrams of potassium.
  24. The pit of an avocado can be replanted and grown in your home as a houseplant. However, without ample sunlight it will never bare any fruit.
  25. The California avocado tree on average will produce 150 harvested avocadoes every year.
  26. According to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest avocado ever grown weighed 5.6 pounds. It was grown in 2018 by Loihi, Mark and Juliane Pokini in the United States.
  27. There are some avocado trees in Mexico that are estimated to be over 400 years old.

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