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Avocado

 
Hindiरूचिरा (roochiraa), Makhanphal, Butter Fruit
TeleguVenna Pandu
MalayalamGoshtubtang
KannadaBennehannu
TamilVennai Pazham
he avocado (Persea americana), also known as palta or aguacate (Spanish), butter pear or alligator pear, is a tree native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. The name "avocado" also refers to the fruit (technically a large berry) of the tree that contains a pit (hard seed casing) which may be egg-shaped or spherical. Avocados are a commercially valuable crop whose trees and fruit are cultivated in tropical climates throughout the world (and some temperate ones, such as California), producing a green-skinned, pear-shaped fruit that ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit. Avocado is a fat-rich fruit having a fat content of about 23%. It contains dietary fibers. It is rich in minerals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, and contains some amounts of iron, calcium, iodine, selenium, zinc and phosphorus. The nutritional value of avocado makes it good for indigestion, hair care, heart health, skin care, psoriasis, and bad breath. Guacamole is one of the more popular foods made from avocados.
Synonym: Alligator Pear, Butter Fruit
Last modified: 3 October 2009
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