Avocados: Having Their Moment
Avocado toast topped the food trends of the 2010s. The seemingly impossible combination of a healthy, nutrient-dense snack that tastes amazing and pleases everyone from eco-minded vegans to snobbish epicureans rocketed the fruit of the avocado tree to its 15 minutes of internet fame. We don’t begrudge avocado toast its moment, but we at Nature Hills were adoring the avocado tree long before Gwyneth Paltrow included it in her 2013 recipe book.
Avocado Trees: Growing Popularity
Originally from central Mexico, the avocado tree is now cultivated across a range of tropical and Mediterranean countries. The tree arrived in the U.S. sometime in the 1830s, and it remains an important cash crop in California. Avocado fruits are somewhat like bananas, in that they mature on the tree, are harvested and then ripen. Fruit skins may be green, brown, purplish or black and take an ovoid or spherical shape. The flesh is light green and buttery when ripe with one large pit or seed.
The Hass avocado (Persia Americana) is one of the most popular avocado trees because it can produce fruit almost year-round. In colder climates, avocados must be potted and brought inside so they do not freeze. However, the Bacon avocado tree is gaining popularity because it is not only cold tolerant but highly adaptable to container planting. Even in relatively warm USDA planting zones 7, 8 and 9, protecting in-ground avocado trees from cold snaps is a must.
The lovely form, bountiful flowers and adaptable structure of the avocado tree make it an excellent ornamental tree. If planted in a pot, an avocado tree may be pruned to regulate the mature size. Nature Hills supplies grafted trees with clonal root-stocks to help insure disease tolerance and ample harvests.
The Nature Hills Advantage
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