Avocados are rich in healthy, good fats. In fact, avocados are the only fruit apart from olives to contain monounsaturated fats.A single serve of avocado (1/4 or 50g) boasts healthy fats, fibre, folate, niacin, vitamins C, B5, E & K, potassium and antioxidants.Avocados are a source of folate which helps support a healthy pregnancy, B vitamins to fight tiredness, and healthy fats to boost the nutrient absorption from other foodsThis amazing fruit can also boost the nutrition of other healthy foods. Research shows adding avocado to a salad can increase your ability to absorb goodies from other colourful ingredients five-fold (e.g. lycopene from red tomatoes and beta carotene from orange carrots).
Avocados first arrived in Australia in 1840 in seed form, and were planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney. Further commercial imports of seed and plants continued over the next 110 years until by the late 1960’s when a developing Australian industry began to take shape.
Currently avocado orchards are found in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania. Avocados are a perennial fruit and Australian premium produce is available all year round because of the widespread and climatically diverse growing regions. The highest volume of fruit is available between March and November.
Avocados are known to have existed from as far back as 291 BC. They originally took root in the highlands of Central America and Mexico and the lowlands of Colombia in South America, where they grew wild.
This exotic fruit was first transported to Europe in the 16th century, after the Spanish conquistadors invaded Mexico and Peru. When the Aztecs discovered the unique greenish coloured fruit with a seed in the centre they dubbed it ‘ahuacatl’, which has evolved over the centuries into the word avocado.