EN on Foods

April 2002 Issue

Adaptable Avocados Make for Heart-Healthy Fare

The Folklore: Called "ahuacatl," meaning testicle, by the Aztecs, probably because of the fruitís shape and the way it hangs from trees in pairs, avocados are thought to have originated in Central America. We know now that avocados indeed "nourisheth and strengtheneth" the body, as an early physician presciently stated, but whether they are aphrodisiacs, as the Aztecs believed, has yet to be confirmed.

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