It’s the start of avocado season in Chile, and we are taking a walk through the fields to explain why it is an ideal location to grow these green gems. We’re also giving you the low-down on why this super fruit is a nutritional powerhouse, plus a few more ways to use them beyond toast (but who doesn’t love a good avocado toast recipe?).
What to Know About Chilean Avocados:
Chile is a major source of the avocados we enjoy in the U.S. The winter season runs through the months of May through August when the land receives the most of the rain. But starting in September, a 7-8 month dry season begins with a Mediterranean-like climate, creating ideal conditions for growing avocados. This year is no exception as weather conditions are ideal after a moderate winter. Over 90% of the avocados exported from Chile are Hass avocados, known for their creaminess due to a high oil content.
Avocados are a good source of vitamins b6, C, and folate.
Avocados contain a mix of polyunsaturated (PUFA’s) and monounsaturated fats (MUFA’s). PUFA’s are essential, meaning the body cannot produce them and must obtain them from food, and MUFA’s are said to help lower inflammation, heart disease, and cancer risk.
They also contain oleic acid, linked to improved cognitive function (think brain + memory!) and protect against neurodegenerative disease.
One serving of avocado (50g) provides 80 calories and 3 grams of dietary fiber.
Avocados are on the Clean 15 list, meaning that they are one of the least likely produce items to contain pesticide residue.
More Ways to Love Avocados:
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