What am I?
I am a fruit that is known for my bumpy skin and pear-like shape. Some people even call me an "alligator pear" because of how I look.
I'm a complicated fruit. You cannot look at my size to tell if I'll taste delicious or am ready to pick. Inside I have a big seed or pit that you can't eat, but the rest is bright green and delicious!
Where I grow
I grow on trees in warm places like Mexico and California. My tree is a special kind of tree that needs lots of sunshine and water to grow big and healthy. One tree can grow about 150 fruits per year!
Don't worry about waiting until I'm ripe on the tree. I will never get ripe there... it's only after you pick me that I will ripen and be ready to eat. Until I'm ready to eat, my skin will be green and my flesh will be hard.
After I'm picked
After I'm picked, I can take anywhere from several days to a week or more to ripen. When I am ripe, my skin will turn from green to a darker color, and I will be slightly soft to the touch. Then, I can be cut open and eaten, or mashed up to make a delicious dip or spread called guacamole.
I'm often added to Mexican-inspired dishes and salads, and I can even be added to baked goods and smoothies!
Did you guess... Avocado
Did you guess that I am an avocado? That's right! Avocados are a superfood that are packed with healthy fats and vitamins. They can help keep your heart, skin, and eyes healthy. So next time you see a bumpy green fruit at the grocery store or at a restaurant, give it a try!
Learn more and explore an avocado farm!
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