Avocado –  from the New World around Mexica and Central America, and probably served to Cortes by Aztec leader Montezuma in 1519. The trees do propagate easily and it was not until the 1820 the Hawaii started producing them. A average tree produces as many as 500 and up to 2000 a season. They are considered to be the most highly evolved of all nutritious plants, the fruits taking 9 months to mature (like the human embryo). They are high in oil content as well as protein (more like a nut than a fruit).

Although heavy they digest reasonably well if not eaten to excess. Pacifying to vata, neutral to pitta and increasing of kapha. Nutritious, they are great for pregnant mothers to be. Also strengthens the liver, lungs, plasma and blood.

Always best with a squeeze of lime or lemon and a little black pepper to assist digestion, AND makes them taste great!!! To hasten the ripening remove the little pit at the top.

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