They are questions that could well keep you wake at night. Is an avocado a fruit or a vegetable? Is an avocado better for you than a banana? What are the top 25 famous artworks that could be improved with an avocado? Does the avocado really promote hair growth? What is the collective noun for a group of avocados?
The answers might not be everything you avo wanted, but a bit more avocado wisdom won’t hurt any of us and may even put a little bit more energy into the day.
First things first. An avocado is a a nutrient-dense fruit belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family. More specifically it is a single-seeded berry. According to University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources, the avocado ticks all botanical criteria for a berry including a fleshy pulp and that big seed.
Second of all, a single avocado has 975 milligrams of potassium, while a banana, known for being loaded with potassium, has 487 milligrams per large fruit. The avo is great in baking as a fat replacement for butter in everything from cakes to chocolate mousse. Avocado 1 : Banana 0.
Third of all, from Van Gogh to Magritte, Picasso to Michelangelo, there’s very few artworks that can’t be improved with an avocado.
Fourthly, avocado is great for your hair. Say the good folk at Good Health Academy, avocado prevents hair loss, moisturises, treats dandruff, strengthens the root of the hair, adds shine and de-tangles. Wish I had a vat of avocado oil on hand for my daughter’s knotty hair.
Fifthly, what is the collective noun for a group of avocados? Fork and Fiction say it should be an abundance of avocados, but I think maybe a smash of avocados or, after the recent avocado shortage I think it might more appropriately be a thin of avocados or paucity of avocados.
One thing I do know is that the avocado is a fab little fruit, with a fab amount of MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) and a fabulously distinctive shape. I can’t get enough of them and I think they make a cute and quirky wrapping motif that can bring a little lift to someone’s day. After all, that’s all I avo wanted.