Avocado in Bolivia

We love Avocados!

Yes we do LOVE the Avocado fruit and if locally available would eat it every day. While living in Samaipata we had plenty of Avocados available and depending of the original also a very wide variety of them. Usually we created a avocado-based salad or dip called Guacamole.

Avocados are rather unique type of fruit which have been cultivated for thousands of years on our planet. The avocado is a tree that is native to Mexico and Central America. The avocado refers to the fruits, botanically a large berry that contains a single seed.

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Image: There are more than 30 different types of avocado which grown in Bolivia. In the image we have a typical vivid green rather round one, then a less round but rather red one and a dark green Avocado which is a bit taller than the other two.

 

The origin of the Avocado name

The word “avocado” comes from the Spanish aguacate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word āhuacatl, which goes back to the proto-Aztecan *pa:wa which also meant “avocado”.

The modern English name is not etymologically related to the similar-sounding Spanish word abogado, meaning ‘lawyer’ (as in advocate), but comes through an English rendering of the Spanish aguacate as avogato.

It is known as “butter fruit” in parts of India and goes by the name “bơ” in Vietnamese, which is the same word that is used for butter. In eastern China, it is known as “è lí” a direct translation of “alligator pear”) or huángyóu guǒ (“butter fruit”). In Taiwan, it is known as “luò lí” (“cheese pear”).

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Image: An average avocado tree produces about 120 avocados annually! Isn’t that amazing? Picture taken near the mountain village of Samaipata in Bolivia.

 

Health benefits of the Avocado

Avocado is loaded with Heart-Healthy Mono unsaturated Fatty Acids. In fact, 77% of the calories in it are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence. But they don’t just contain any fat … the majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid. Now this Oleic acid reduces blood pressure, increases fat burning to help with weight loss, protects cells from free radical damage, may prevent type 2 diabetes, prevents ulcerative colitis and generates brain myelin.

For example Milk fat contains 25% oleic acid. Avocado contains about 18% to 30% oil healthy monounsaturated oil. Oleic acid is an monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid with many health benefits. The only other fruit with a comparable amount of monounsaturated fat is the olive. The monounsaturated fat in avocados is oleic acid, which helps lower cholesterol.

One study found that after seven days on a diet that included avocados, there were significant decreases in both total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol as well as an 11 percent increase in the “good” HDL cholesterol. The Mediterranean Diet is one heavily influenced by monounsaturated fats. People in Mediterranean countries consume more total fat than Northern European countries, but most of the fat is in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids from olive oil and omega-3 fatty acids from fish, vegetables, and certain meats like lamb, while consumption of saturated fat is minimal in comparison. The diet in Crete is fairly high in total fat (40% of total calories, almost exclusively provided by olive oil) yet affords a remarkable protection from coronary heart disease (and probably colon cancer), but unlikely breast cancer due to a very high oleic acid content.

Fiber

Fiber can have various important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.

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Image: This Avocado specimen had a huge seed inside, still there is plenty of Avocado flesh left.

 

The avocado seed

The avocado seed can also be consumed. The seed has about 70 percent of the antioxidants that can be found in the whole avocado. The seed’s antioxidants lower cholesterol, helps fight off diseases, and studies show that the seed has more soluble fiber than oatmeal and just about any other food. They are also great for treating inflammation of the GI tract and diarrhea.

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Image: Now here we are talking BIG seed with this Avocado this specimen

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Image: Home made food is the best. Even better if you have fresh local grown Avocado for a tasty guacamole. Love to dip the oven roasted potato slices in there.

Guacamole

Image: Guacamole home made what else?!

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monounsaturated_fat
http://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/  http://www.livestrong.com/article/254258-health-benefits-of-avocado-seed/  http://omtimes.com/2012/10/13-great-benefits-of-eating-avocado-seeds/
http://inhumanexperiment.blogspot.com/2012/08/avocados-and-cholesterol.html
http://www.mercola.com/infographics/avocado-uses-health-benefits.htm

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