The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that the Central American avocado tree originated in southern Mexico and Colombia around 7,000 years ago.
By the 16th century, the Aztecs and Incas shared this miraculous fruit with Spanish conquistadors, who named it “aguacate”. Afterward, avocados were nicknamed “alligator pears” by English colonists due to their green, scale-like skin and pear shape.
They have later assimilated into North American culture to such an extent that there are now 80 Californian varieties, and the most popular among them are the Hass avocados.
Being extremely rich in minerals, vitamins, and nutrients, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B5, and B6, vitamin K, and huge amounts of potassium, avocados are among the most delicious foods that improve health in countless ways.
A single serving of these versatile fruits provides only 64 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber and less than 1 gram of sugar. Yet, they are abundant in a natural plant sterol, known as beta-sitosterol, which boosts heart health and lowers cholesterol levels.
Avocados help weight loss, detoxify the body, prevent depression, improve mood, and improve sleep quality.
Also, avocados prevent various chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, stroke, gastrointestinal diseases, and coronary heart disease.
The two phytochemicals in avocados, zeaxanthin, and lutein, improve eye health and lower the risk of damage and age-related macular degeneration.
Abbey Sharp, RD, who is based in Toronto, Ontario, and blogs at Abbey’s Kitchen, claims that the addition of avocado to your diet promotes a healthy complexion, as the high vitamin C levels reduce skin inflammation, accelerate wound healing, and soothe dry skin. Also, avocado oil stimulates the production of collagen and reduces the signs of aging.
Additionally, the high vitamin K levels of avocados prevent osteoporosis, while folate in avocados lowers the risk of cervical, pancreatic, colon and stomach cancer, neural tube defects and miscarriage.
The list of health benefits of these fruits seems endless, and that is one of the main reasons why their price has drastically increased in the past several years. Therefore, you will benefit a lot from growing your own avocado tree at home.
Here are the guidelines:
- Clean an avocado seed, and then out four toothpicks in it, on an equal distance apart from each other
- Then, place the seed into a glass with water, and make sure it covers an inch of the seed.
- Place the glass in a warm and sunny area
- Within 2-8 weeks, you will notice the root and stem sprouting
- When the stem has reached 6 inches, cut it to about 3 inches.
- When it will grow again to 6 inches, the leaves will start to appear and the roots will become thick
- Then, plant it in a rich humus soil in a 10½-inch-diameter pot, leaving the seed half exposed
- Water it frequently, and make sure it is always exposed to sunlight
- When the stem reaches 12 inches in height, cut it back to 6 inches to boost the growth of new shoots
You might wait for a few years until the tree starts bearing fruit, but when it does, you will have an unlimited supply or organic, healthy, and tasty avocados!