The Avocado is thought to have originated in Southern Mexico, but the fruit was cultivated from the Rio Grande down to Central Peru before the Europeans arrived in the New World.  The fruit grows on trees that can reach 60 feet or higher, but typically stand about 30 feet tall.  Most varieties are pear-shaped and can range in skin color from yellow-green to green to a dark purple that is almost black in appearance.  Skin texture ranges from smooth to bumpy while the flesh of the fruit is typically a buttery yellow or yellow-greenish color depending on variety.  In the middle sits a single seed, from 2 to 2.5 inches long, which can vary in shape but it is usually hard and heavy with ivory coloring beneath paper thin brown seed coats.

Season Availability: All Year!

References: Purdue University, University of California.