What is a Florida Avocado?

The roots of Florida Avocados can be traced back to 1833.  They were originally grown in Mexico and was the first variety to be grown in the United States.

Florida Avocados are larger, greener than their California cousins.  Their nutrient content is essentially the same.  The oil contains unsaturated fat, which is heart healthy.  They are both low in sugar, and are a great source of vitamin E, fiber, potassium and folate. One difference is that the Florida variety contains less calories per ounce, but since they are larger, they have more total calories than a traditional Hass avocado.  They are superior in salads because they hold their shape better when cut, but can be used in the same way as the traditional avocado.  They are available from mid-summer to early spring.  One drawback, it is hard to tell when they ripen because their skin always stays green. 

So when you see these larger, greener avocados at your local market, give them a try and let me know what you think!

Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over eleven years. He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition. He is a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.