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Avocado

Climate zone: Tropical – Dry – Temperate – Continental – Polar 

The avocado tree (Persea americana), which is thought to have originated in south-central Mexico, belongs to the Lauraceae flowering plant family.  The plant’s fruit, also known as an avocado (or avocado pear or alligator pear), is a large berry with a single large seed. 

Avocado trees are partly self-pollinating, and they’re often propagated by grafting to ensure consistent fruit quality and quantity. Avocados are grown in many countries with tropical and Mediterranean climates, with Mexico leading the way as the world’s leading avocado producer in 2019, supplying 32% of the global total.

Crop Combinations

Companion plants help other plants grow by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, providing nutrients, shade, and support. Avocados can be planted with a lot of other crops, including; Basil, Bee Balm, Blackberries, Blueberries, Chamomile, Chives, Cilantro/Coriander, Dill, Elderberries, Garlic, Kiwi, Lavender, Leeks, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Marigolds, Marjoram, Mint, Nasturtiums, Onions, Parsley, Raspberries, Rosemary, Sage, Stevia, Strawberries, Shallots, Summer Savory, Sunflowers, Tarragon, and Thyme.

Trends

The avocado started gaining popularity recently for its health benefits. It’s often referred to as a superfood, which is not surprising given its health properties. There are many types of avocado that vary in shape and color — from pear-shaped to round and green to black. They can also weigh anywhere from 8 ounces (220 grams) to 3 pounds (1.4 kg).

Avocados are very high in potassium. A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving packs 14% of the recommended daily allowance, compared to 10% in bananas, which are a typical high-potassium food. Studies show that having a diet high in potassium can actually reduce your risk of many health complications.



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