EN on Foods
May 2010 Issue
EN Advocates More Avocados on Your Menu
The Folklore. The avocado, a true Aztec treasure, originated in south-central Mexico around 7,000 to 5,000 B.C. and became domesticated thousands of years later. Archaeologists in Peru discovered domesticated avocado seeds buried with Incan mummies dating back to 750 B.C. The Aztecs called them ahuacatl—"fertility fruits"—but when the Spanish conquistadores arrived they called the fruit "aguacate", which eventually gave way to "avocado" in English.
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