Avocado

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Avocado
Avocado fruit and foliage, Huntington Library, California
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Persea
Species: P. americana
Binomial name
Persea americana
Mill.

An avocado is a berry fruit. It has medium dark green or dark green bumpy or smooth skin depending on the variety.

The flesh of an avocado is deep chartreuse green in color near the skin and pale chartreuse green near the core. It has a creamy, rich texture.

Avocado trees come from Central America and Mexico. They can grow in many places, as long as it is not too cold.

Avocadoes have much more fat than most other fruit, but most is fat that is healthy to eat (unsaturated fat). Avocados have lots of potassium, B vitamins, and vitamin E and K.

The Mexican food called guacamole is made of avocadoes. Many other foods are also made from avocado.

Avocado is poisonous to some animals. Many animals will get very sick or die if they eat avocado.

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