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  Avocado Growing in the Florida Home Landscape
To promote growth and regular fruiting, avocado trees should be periodically fertilized and watered and insects, diseases, and weeds controlled on an as needed basis (Table 3).
Avocado trees in the home landscape are susceptible to trunk injury caused by lawn mowers and weed eaters.
Roots of mature avocado trees spread beyond the drip-line of the tree canopy and heavy fertilization of the lawn adjacent to avocado trees is not recommended and may reduce fruiting and or fruit quality.
edis.ifas.ufl.edu /MG213   (4573 words)

 Avocado - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Avocado (Persea americana) is a tree and the fruit of that tree, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae.
Avocado is popular in chicken dishes and as a spread on toast, served with salt and pepper.
University of California Agriculture Explanation of the Avocado Fruit's Classification as a Berry (and not a Drupe).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Avocado   (2250 words)

 Home Fruit Production - Avocado
Avocado is a medium to large evergreen tree with large, leathery, deep green leaves.
Avocado is a tropical to subtropical tree that, with some exceptions, is best adapted to relatively frost-free areas.
Fertilization of avocados is essentially the same as for other fruit and nut trees in South Texas: ammonium sulfate (21-0-0) at the rate of one half cup per month in the first year, one cup per month in the second year and two cups per month in the third year.
aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu /extension/homefruit/avocado/avocado2.html   (1903 words)

 Avocados, Growing Seeds into Trees
I have grown an avocado from seed in my greenhouse, now it has grown out of its container and into the surrounding soil and is about six feet tall, I need to take it out and transplant it either into another pot or in the garden.
Many people start avocado trees as novelty house plants by piercing the seed with its pointed end up, partially through with toothpicks on three or four sides to hold it on the top of a jar or vase partly with water and few pieces of charcoal (to keep the water sweet) just covering the base.
Avocado trees are very versatile in their adaptability to different soils, but they prefer a rich loose sandy loam.
www.thegardenhelper.com /avocado.html   (648 words)

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The avocado tree may be erect, usually to 30 ft (9 m) but sometimes to 60 ft (18 m) or more, with a trunk 12 to 24 in (30-60 cm) in diameter, (greater in very old trees) or it may be short and spreading with branches beginning close to the ground.
Avocados have no major insect enemies in Florida but migrating cedar waxwings feed on leaves, flowers and very young fruits and the fruits are commonly attacked by squirrels, rats and mice.
Avocado flesh may be sliced or diced and combined with tomatoes, cocumbers or other vegetables and served as a salad.
web.tiscali.it /leginestre/frutta/avocado.htm   (10962 words)

It's true that avocados have a high oil content, but they are also packed with vitamins A, C, and E--primary vitamins in the antioxidant group that protect the cells in human tissue.
The French also love avocados, consuming an average of four pounds a year per person, while the average American consumes two pounds--that is, outside the state of California, where the average consumption is six pounds a year.
Mashed avocados, of course, the primary ingredient in guacamole, but the fruit is also delicious sliced and served with slices of ripe red tomato, or cut into slivers and added to tossed green salads.
www.producepete.com /shows/avocado.html   (1327 words)

 Chapter 5: Tree Fruits & Nuts and Exotic Tree Fruits & Nuts
The avocado is grown primarily in California, to a lesser extent in Florida, and on only a few acres in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and southern Texas.
The avocado is a tropical evergreen, upright shrub or tree that grows to 60 feet high, but usually between 15 and 30 feet in height (fig.
The unusual part about the avocado flower is that in some cultivars stage 1 occurs in the morning of the first day and stage 2 in the afternoon of the second day.
gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov /book/chap5/avocado.html   (2693 words)

 AVOCADO Fruit Facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The flesh of avocados is deep green near the skin, becoming yellowish nearer the single large, inedible ovoid seed.
The avocado is not suitable for hedgerow, but two or three trees can be planted in a single large hole to save garden space and enhance pollination.
Avocados are often in bloom at the time of frost and the flowers are killed, but the tree tends to rebloom.
www.crfg.org /pubs/ff/avocado.html   (2352 words)

Avocado is commercially successful only in those areas in which the climate is just right for plant growth, flowering, and fruit development, and, frankly, this is a tall order.
Avocados are placed into nylon bags, hanging around the necks of pickers and which hold 40 pounds of fruits.
A folk use of avocado is to rub the peel of the fruit into the scalp, thereby moisturizing the skin, and one account notes that Koreans add these to milk for facial or body massages.
www.botgard.ucla.edu /html/botanytextbooks/economicbotany/Persea   (1633 words)

 Avocado, Food Resource [http://food.oregonstate.edu/], Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Avocado has description, origin, varieties, pollination, climate, soil, propagation, spacing, maturity and harvesting, yield, marketing, storage, pests and diseases, food uses, avocado oil, toxicity, medicinal uses and other.
Avocados are a poor source of calcium, a fair to poor source of iron, and a fair source of phosphorus.
Avocados, pears and peaches were used to study the pectic substances contained in both ripe and unripe samples.
food.oregonstate.edu /a/avocado.html   (1212 words)

 GourmetSleuth -  Avocado Leaves
Avocado leaves are harvested from the native Mexican avocado Peresea drymifolia.
The Hass avocado, the best tasting one grown in America, is a hybrid of indeterminate origin though its DNA tests positive for a Guatemalan ancestor—hence the suspicions.
Avocado leaves, both fresh and dried are used in the cuisine's of the South Central part of Mexico.
www.gourmetsleuth.com /avocadoleaves.htm   (656 words)

 Avocado Herbal Supplement from Herbal Extracts Plus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Avocado is exceptionally nutritious; it is a wonderful source of phytonutrients, which are thought to help combat many diseases.
Avocado may help meet the dietary guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association, which are to eat a diet that is low to moderate in fat, and the fats should be primarily unsaturated and low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Avocados are a source of lutein, a carotenoid or pigment compound, which is also found in other green vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli, and it is believed to promote good eye health.
www.herbalextractsplus.com /avocado.cfm   (1357 words)

 ~ Avocado Oil ~
In the 21st century, avocado is considered one of the most nutritious fruit on earth; one of nature's Functional Foods with additional health benefits.
Avocado Oils such as The Grove are fast becoming the choice of many Chef's from around the world.
Avocado Oil such as The Grove is amazingly versatile, with many special attributes to distinguish it.
www.avocado-oil.co.nz   (188 words)

 Avocado, All About Avocados, History of Avocados, History of Hass Avocado
To freeze, mash the avocados with a fork.
In the past, the avocado had a well-entrenched reputation for inducing sexual prowess and wasn't purchased or consumed by any person wishing to protect their image from slanderous assault.
The Aztecs used the avocado as a sex stimulant and the Aztec name for avocado was ahuacatl, meaning "testicle." In the pre-Incan city of Chanchan, archaeologists have unearthed a large water jar, dated around 900 A.D., in the shape of an avocado.
whatscookingamerica.net /avacado.htm   (2432 words)

 Avocado Recipes - Collection
Bibb lettuce Watercress 2 avocados, seeded, peeled and sliced 2 cups grapefruit sections 1 cup fresh raspberries Prepared sweet vinegar and oil dressing Line serving platter or individual salad plates with lettuce and watercress.
Avocado Oil Vinaigrette 1 medium spaghetti squash 6 mushrooms, sliced 1/2 each red and green bell pepper, julienned 1 can (4 ounces) sliced fl olives, drained 2 avocados, seeded, peeled and sliced Prepare Avocado Oil Vinaigrette at least 24 hours before serving time.
Avocado Oil Vinaigrette 3/4 cup avocado oil or light vegetable oil 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 2 to 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon each oregano, sweet basil, rosemary, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper to taste Shake all ingredients together in tightly covered container.
www.cs.cmu.edu /~mjw/recipes/vegetables/avocado-coll.html   (1633 words)

 MotherNature.com - Avocado
To freeze avocado, remove the skin and pit and purée the flesh with ½ tablespoon (7mL) of lemon or lime juice per avocado.
Avocado is most commonly used to make the Mexican dip called guacamole, a mixture of mashed avocado, lime juice, tomatoes, and hot peppers.
Mashed avocado is a good spread for toast, bagels, or sandwiches, and can be used to top chili or a baked potato.
www.mothernature.com /Library/Ency/Index.cfm/id/1656004   (1251 words)

Persea Gratissima oil is the fixed oil obtained by pressing the dehydrated sliced flesh of the avocado pear - Persea americana - and consists principally of the glycerides of fatty acids.
In a study done at the Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 1991, it was found that avocado oil significantly increases the amount of collagen in the skin - which normally is under attack as we grow older.
Avocado oil is easily absorbed into deep tissue, and with its wonderfully emollient properties, makes it ideal for mature skins.
www.dermaxime.com /avocado.htm   (461 words)

 Avocado   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
However, avocados are one of the highest sources of fat (unsaturated) in the fruit and vegetable group.
Ripe avocados yield to gentle, palm pressure but firm, unripe avocados are what are usually found in the market.
Once avocado flesh is cut and exposed to the air it tends to discolor rapidly.
sarasota.extension.ufl.edu /FCS/FlaFoodFare/Avocado.htm   (555 words)

Look for ripe avocados (unripe are hard to the touch) that feel heavy for their size and are free of bruises and dark, sunken spots.
Avocados are an excellent source of potassium, vitamins C and A, and folic acid.
Mashed avocado is a good spread for toast, bagels, or sandwiches, and can be used to top chili or a baked potato.
www.pccnaturalmarkets.com /health/Food_Guide/Avocado.htm   (562 words)

 Avocado Recipes, History of Avocado
Fresh avocado cut into cubes is great in most (if not all) salads.
Avocado is perfect when added to hot served soup as a moderately heavy garnish, as one might do with freshly baked croutons or graded cheese.
I often prepare avocado slices drenched in lime juice and garlic salt as an appetizer or light snack.
whatscookingamerica.net /AvocadoRecipes.htm   (241 words)

 WHFoods: Avocados
Not only did adding avocado to a salad of carrot, lettuce and baby spinach or to salsa greatly increase study participants' absorption of carotenoids from these foods, but the improvement in carotenoid availability occurred even when a very small amount-as little as 2 ounces-of avocado was added.
Since avocados contain a large variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, as well as heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, eating a little avocado along with carotenoid-rich vegetables and fruits is an excellent way to improve your body's ability to absorb carotenoids while also receiving other nutritional-and taste-benefits.
Avocados are native to Central and South America and have been cultivated in these regions since 8,000 B.C. In the mid-17th century, they were introduced to Jamaica and spread through the Asian tropical regions in the mid-1800s.
www.whfoods.com /genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5   (1852 words)

 Avocado - Glossary - Hormel Foods
Unripened avocados can be ripened by placing them in an open area at room temperature for a week or for faster ripening, wrap them in newspaper or a brown bag and keep them at room temperature for several days.
Avocados can be eaten fresh as an appetizer or served with greens as an ingredient in salads.
A popular appetizer made with avocados is guacamole, which blends the fruit with other ingredients to be served as a dip for crackers and chips.
www.hormel.com /kitchen/glossary.asp?id=32986&catitemid=   (599 words)

 Peeling and Pitting an Avocado
To store a cut avocado, the California Avocado Commission recommends you "sprinkle it with lemon or lime juice or white vinegar and place it in an air-tight covered container in your refrigerator.
Though avocados are high in fat, most of the fat is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Avocados are loaded with nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and folate.
lancaster.unl.edu /food/ciq-avocado.htm   (634 words)

 The Avocado Advantage
The avocado's image first took on some polish with a 1996 study by researchers at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social in Mexico (Archives of Medical Research, Winter 1996) that looked at the health benefits of daily avocado consumption.
Researchers have also discovered that avocados are rich in beta-sitosterol, a natural substance shown to significantly lower blood cholesterol levels.
But he and his wife are doing their best to spread the avocado gospel: "As we travel east in our motor home, we give out avocados to anyone we meet who hasn't tried them," he says.
www.webmd.com /sexual-conditions/features/avocado-advantage   (956 words)

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