Also known as the Alligator pear, the avocado has gained huge popularity due to its superfood properties and buttery taste. Since 2004, avocado consumption (primarily Hass, the most popular variety in the U.S.) has risen from more than 600 million pounds each year to more than 1.5 billion, according to the Hass Avocado Board. Perhaps this is because more consumers now recognize avocados as a convenient source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and other nutrients like vitamins E, C, and B6, and potassium and fiber. Avocado’s smooth, creamy texture makes it perfect for a wide range of recipes, including smoothies, ice cream, and in baked goods or even as a spread, in place of butter.
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