I was curious about this fruit, the avocado (though I think of it as a vegetable), that is native to Mexico and Central America. How did it end up in Israel? I found this document and further readings from 1965.
"In the third decade of this century there were only a few avocado trees in Palestine. Avocado culture grew very slowly during the fourth and fifth decade, but during the last 12 years plantings have increased at a more rapid rate. There are now over 2,000 acres of avocados in the State of Israel. Since 1964 the planting of avocados is subject to the approval of the Fruit Marketing Board and is limited to a total of about 200 acres a year."
In any event, I came across this document, by The Food and Agricultural Organization of The United Nations about 'Avocado Production in India'. It has loads of good information about the avocado history and 'migration', so to speak, but also about nutrition. "Rich in protein (up to 4%) and fat (up to 30%), but low in carbohydrates, The fat is similar to olive oil composition..Avocados have the highest energy value (245 cal/100 g) of any fruit.." the document sites. What fascinated me in this document was the conclusion:"Due to the availability of a large number of fruit crops in India and consumer preference for more palatable fruits of sweet taste, avocado has not caught the imagination of the average Indians."
I am not certain when this document was written but it confirmed my suspicion that The Indian Jewish community picked up the avocado 'habit' after emigrating to Israel. That and a quick phone call to my mom.
Here's to another argument in favor of California and US avocados and the eat local movement, I guess.
|Duo of photos at Rosa Mexicano (above) were taken on the iPhone|
Rosa Mexicano is a great pre-dinner margarita and guacamole or a happy-hour pit stop. I think I can have their guacamole all day long. The food at lunch was ok, we had beef and chicken soft tacos. We brought lunch leftovers for my son but couldn't take guacamole out. It doesn't have lime in it to preserve it from oxidizing. Besides, guacamole gets nasty if not consumed on the spot, with or without lime in it.
Our son loves avocados and guacamole (we've done something right!). I couldn't deprive him from having guacamole with his Mexican lunch, so I knocked off Rosa Mexicano's guac. Turns out, upon further research later, they've got the recipe with a video posted on their website here!
Speaking of the avocado, it is also known as alligator pear. How obscurely fabulous?!
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Broccolini in Avocado Dressing and Grated Hard Boiled Eggs