Celebrate National Avocado Day July 31 with guacamole, or a soft taco with avocado chunks. ( Courtesy University of Florida. )

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.
 
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