Avocado Nutrition Facts
The Power of the Avocado
Avocados are one of my favorites and are known worldwide for its taste, healing wonders, and vitamin content. Here in the Bahamas, you can find this tree being grown by many of the locals.
The natives often refer to the avocado as (pear) so if you ever visit the Bahamas and hear one of the locals using the word pear they are referring to the avocado.
In this article, we will be discussing the power of the avocado.
Just looking at this picture makes your mouth water. You may be amazed like I was to find out that an avocado is actually a fruit and not a vegetable and there are so many varieties.
When my wife and I bought our home it was great but what made me happy also was that the property owner had this big avocado tree growing in the backyard you could imagine my excitement, not only were we purchasing a home but it came with an avocado tree. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Yeah, now that’s what I am talking about.
The journey of the avocado
The journey of this plant starts from a seed, how we grow this tree is that we let the seed dry, after the seed dries the seed is then planted into a 1-3 gallon pot using that good garden or organic soil.
Avocado seeds need about 5-6 hours of sunlight, keep soil somewhat moist don’t over water or allow the soil to dry out.
Seed should sprout in 2-6 weeks. I live in a tropical climate therefore as far as I understand this plant does very well in warm weather.
When the plant reaches about 3 feet, you can transplant it in a different location. Make sure that the area gets the same amount of sunlight, Also remember not to over water plant.
The plant should be given plenty of room to grow because the avocado tree can reach anywhere from 15-20 feet and even taller with a width span of 8-25 feet.
Fertilizer Your Avocado
When fertilizing your avocado it is good to use an organic fertilizer source like chicken, cow or horse manure. Using synthetic can work but I would much rather use a fertilizer source that is all natural.
When using synthetics read the label and follow as directed because the label is law.
An avocado a wonderful delight
Avocados can be eaten just as they are, can be used in salads, can be eaten with other dishes, can make a healthy drink when blended or what some of the natives do is eat this fruit with bread.
The leaves are also of great benefit
My wife sometimes uses the leaves to make tea. This tea is simply made by bringing to a boil a few leaves I would say 8-10 leaves are fine. Then pouring water into a cup and adding a few drops of sugar.
This makes a healthy drink and can aid the body in so many ways, such as helping to reduce blood pressure, helps to detoxifies the body, helps to fight the common cold, promotes kidney health, help to relieve abdominal pain, can help to fight cancer, helps weight loss, reduces back pain, relieves swelling, reduce headaches and so much more.
Vitamins of avocado are as followed
1. Vitamin B5 6. Potassium 11. Pantothenic
2. Vitamin B6 7. Copper 12. Protein
3. Vitamin C 8. Folate
4. Vitamin E 9. Riboflavin
5. Vitamin K 10. Dietary Fiber
Other benefits of avocado include
1. Can be used as a face mask for clearer skin.
2. Has fiber that is good for a bowel movement.
3. Contains antioxidants that help to fight free radicals.
4. Helps to promote a healthy heart.
6. Aids in weight loss.
7. Can help to lower cholesterol.
8. Promotes hair.
9. Aids in eye health.
10. Help to absorb nutrients from plant foods.
The final word
Avocado has so many great benefits and it also tastes great so I encourage you to make this fruit a part of your diet, you will be glad that you did as you begin to see the wonders of this superfood.