Did you know that guacamole is an Aztec invention? Avocados were cultivated over 7,000 years ago in south-central Mexico. They were first planted in the US in Florida in 1833 and in California in 1856.
However, the fact that avocado trees require quite a bit of water could be problematic in a state like California where droughts have been persistent. Each piece of fruit requires 60 gallons of water. 1
To ripen an unripe avocado, seal it in a paper bag with a banana. The ethylene that the banana off-gasses as it ripens will ripen your avocado right along with it. Overripe avocado? Check out the recipes below. 1