Avocado Trivia: Things To Know About The Avocado

Avocado Tree from Antigua Guatemala

Guatemala and Mexico are the birth places for the delicious avocado fruit.

Avocado Trivia 1: The word avocado comes from the the Spanish word aguacate which in turn comes from the Mexican Nahuatl language word ahuacacuauhitl, which means testicle tree. Avocado in Maya is on and palta en Quechua. Source: UC Davis.

Avocado Trivia 2: The people from La Antigua Guatemala are known as Panzas Verdes, green bellies. They have gotten this non-offensive nickname for the great amounts of avocados they ate in the past.

Avocado Trivia 3: Wilson Popenoe took the local avocado variant to California and from it the California avocado emerged (hass). Read this plaque placed by the California Avocado Society in Antigua Guatemala’s plaza mayor (main plaza) in which they recognized and appreciated the contribution of Antigua Guatemala to the development of the avocado industry in California.

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  • It is not very interesting trivia… but did you know that in French the word avocat means both “lawyer” and “avocado”? 

  • Roberto

    Here in Brazil, the avocado is a fruit very popular and appreciated by most people. It is used in salads, creams and vitamins.
    Greetings from Roberto

  • Erick!

    The “testicle tree” one is hilarious!  I’ll never be be able to look at avocados the same way.

  • Erick!

    The “testicle tree” one is hilarious!  I’ll never be be able to look at avocados the same way.

  • Kevin L. Cole-Meneses

    “They have gotten this non-offensive nickname for the great amounts of avocados they ate in the past.”In the past?!?  We still eat A LOT of aguacates!!!