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Is an avocado a vegetable or a fruit? It is a fruit because it has a seed and is now grown year-round in California. California is the leading avocado growing state in the US. Most of those avocados are grown in southern California.

Avocados as food date back as far as 750 B.C. in Peru. In 1871 avocado trees were imported from to US from Mexico. Sixty per cent of California's avocados are grown in the San Diego area. Out of 500 varieties of avocados, seven are grown commercially right here in California.

What do you get from an avocado other than a rich creamy texture that is great in salads, dips and other dishes? Avocados are a good source of 13 vitamins including A, C, D, E, K and B vitamins. Avocados also contain good fats that are heart-healthy and can lower your blood pressure. In other countries more avocado parts of the avocado plant. The pit or seed is ground and used as a filler in toothpaste. Boiled avocado leaves are considered a good remedy for some types of upset stomach. Even the creamy part that we normally eat can help wounds heal.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) regulates the avocado production in California. CDFA's Avocado Inspection Program inspects and certifies avocado crops to make sure that they meet California's high tandards.

The average avocado tree probably produces up to 200 pounds of avocados every year, or about 500 avocados. With this large production there is no shortage of avocados for Californians to enjoy.

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