Imagine the ecological implications--a perfectly healthful meaty food which requires 1/200th or less of the acreage needed by the cattle industry for a comparable yield in pounds, posing no pollution problems--and no carnage! --eat raw avocados, seeds and nuts and stay sane and mentally keen!Avocados are bursting with nutrients--vitamins, A, B-complex, C, E, H, K, and folic acid, plus the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, potassium and many other trace elements.For those concerned about eliminating meat from their diet, this offers not merely a substitute, but a food which is much superior in value for human maintenance.It is rich in protein and fat and comparatively higher than any other fruits in these elements.Todays avocados are derived from three natural races.The Mexican type (semi-tropical) produces small fruits, 6 to 10 ounces having glossy purple, paper-thin skin when ripe.Cooked foods such as bread, pasta, meat, dairy and junk foods are the villains that can keep an avocado eater from losing excess fat.If your goal is to reduce your consumption or transition completely off of meat and dairy, avocado may be the perfect way to satisfy your natural cravings for creamy nourishment. William Esser writes in his Dictionary of Natural Foods: The avocado is one of the most valuable foods which nature has given man.
I have nearly 20 varieties growing in my yard and the Hass variety is always one of the best.The fresh vitamins, active enzymes, organic minerals, soluble fiber, high water content, and easily digested fats and proteins in avocados and other fruit and plant foods can help transform any sluggish, overweight meat eater into a slimmer and more dynamic person.Some of the leanest people I know eat the most avocados!Some are: Bacon, Ettinger, Fuerte, Gwen, Hass, Nabal, Pinkerton, Reed and Zutano.Mexican types ripen in 6 to 8 months from bloom, Guatemalan types 12 to 18 months.So often these wonderful fall avocados are picked and sold in the spring when they are watery and tasteless.The green, elongated pear shaped Pinkerton can be fantastic if allowed to stay on the tree until full maturity but will be rubbery and tasteless if picked too soon. The Little Green Avocado Book also states that an acre of avocado trees can yield more food than an acre of any other tree crop.If an avocado has dark flesh (rot), compost it and/or salvage the good parts.At some farmers markets and produce stores, one can occasionally find Cukes (also known as "Cocktail" or "Finger" avocados), seedless, pickle-shaped avocado fruits which result from improperly pollinated flowers.In the United States, 95 percent of the commercially grown avocados come from California, with small percentages coming from Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Hawaii. The Hass, the best known commercial variety, is a hybrid of the Mexican and the Guatemalan types and is picked from January into fall depending on where it is grown.The California Rare Fruit Growers Fruit Facts, Volume One, reports that avocados grow well in valley and coastal California, as far north as Cape Mendocino and Red Bluff. Avocado growing is relatively new in the United States. The Little Green Avocado Book also reports that avocado trees are large evergreens of the laurel family, and there are about 400 commercial varieties of avocado.