The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences reminds consumers that National Avocado Day — July 31 — is a good time to celebrate the fruit’s nutritious attributes.
“Most notably, they are a good source of healthful (monounsaturated) fat and potassium,” Linda Bobroff, a professor and Extension nutrition specialist at the UF/IFAS,” said in a news release.
Florida avocados typically stay green after ripening and contain less fat than the hass avocados grown in California and Mexico. Both varieties contain a number of vitamins, fiber, and other health positives.
In the release, Bobroff calls potassium a “nutrient of concern” in the U.S. because many people do not get enough of the electrolyte in their diets.
Jeff Wasielewski, horticultural agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, lists other Florida avocado facts in the release:
- They’re the fourth-largest fruit crop in Florida after citrus, strawberries, and blueberries.
- They account for about 60% of the tropical fruit industry in Florida.
- They account for about 70% of the green-skin avocados consumed in the U.S.
- Florida has 6,700 acres of avocados in 2018.