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Avocado

Other names: aguacate

Avocados are a new world food native to Mexico and were prized for their flavor and the food value they provided. The avocado was a staple of the Aztec diet and were used to make a mixture called ahuaca-mulli which is what we call guacamole.

Today avocados are eaten fresh in salads, used in dips and sauces and they are also used to produce avocado oil. The leaves of the Mexican avocado have a pungent anise aroma and are used as cooking herb.

The most common avocado varieties are Hass, Gwen, Reed, Fuerte, Bacon, Zutano, and Pinkerton.
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Substitute for avocado

As an alternate try chayote squash, artichoke hearts

Equivalents

1 lb.   =   2 medium whole, 2 1/2 cups chopped, diced or sliced, 1 1/2 cups puréed pulp

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Nutrition Facts
(USDA#9038)
Serving Size
1 cup, pureed (230 grams)
Calories
384
Total Fat
35g
  Saturated Fat
5g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
18mg
Potassium
1166mg
Total Carbohydrates
20g
  Dietary Fiber
16g
  Sugars
1g
Protein
5g
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More Terms From This Category

Avocados
Aguacate (see avocado) Aguacate (see avocado)
See Avocado
Bacon avocado Bacon avocado
Available from fall to spring, Bacon has medium sized fruit and green skin.
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