Did you know that Antigua Guatemala is the birthplace for the California/Hass Avocado?

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Aguacates

The chief agronomist of The United Fruit Company, Wilson Popenoe, took the local avocado variant to California and from it the California avocado emerged (Hass). Read the plaque placed by the California Avocado Society in Antigua Guatemala’s main square in which they recognized and appreciated the contribution of Antigua Guatemala to the development of the avocado industry in California.

Guatemala and Mexico are the birth places for the delicious avocado fruit. The three mother seeds for avocado are from Antigua Guatemala, Barcenas [Guatemala] and Atlixco, Puebla [Mexico]. 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.

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, so the myth goes. Do you want to know what the real origin for the panza verde nickname?

Avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable as most people believe. Avocados provide the good fat necessary for a healthy diet in the milpa crops which include maize, beans, chiles, tomato, squash, etc.

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; The California Avocado is From La Antigua Guatemala

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  • I am sure they had avocado trees in California even before than 1920s. In fact, I am sure they had avocados in California from the time all that territory was part of Mexico. However, I believe the avocado industry was developed with avocado seeds from Antigua Guatemala.

    • Epo Epolicious

      That’s what Ive been trying to figure out. The placard above shows a two decade gap of the festival and the history claimed by certain historians and organizations. My mother in law called me on it and I’m simply looking for clarity. Being Guatemalan, I’d love to find documentation that substantiates such claims. Thanks.

      • The first time I read about it was inside a webpage at the Agronomy Department of the University of California at Chico over a decade ago. I don’t know if one could find the page again.

  • CiousCircoCion

    Me gusta el aguacate. Lo como casi todos los dias en Los Angeles. Lo que me parece raro es que en tiendas comunes los venden a dollar cada uno pero en las tiendas Coreanas los venden a 4 por dollar.

    • Pues yo siempre compraría en las tiendas asiáticas si ellos dan mejor precio.

      • CiousCious

        Tienes razón, pero la verdad las tiendas Koreanas no están muy cerca que digamos.