Not Your Average Fruit: The Avocado Quiz
by Staff
Avocados are green globes of goodness no matter how you look at it. You may prefer Hass avocados with their chubby round shape and pebbly texture or opt for jumbo Caribbean avocados for their low-fat content and slightly fruity flavor. However you like 'em, avocados are versatile in recipes and have good-for-you benefits that make a bowl of guacamole (minus the chips) a nutrient-packed snack that just happens to taste radically rich and totally fabulous. Let's test your avocado I.Q.

Is the avocado a tree, shrub or vine?

  • Shrub
  • Tree
  • Vine

The avocado belongs to the myrtle family (Lauraceae). What trees might you recognize that also belong to the Lauraceae family?

  • Cinnamon, bay laurel and allspice
  • Mock orange and fig
  • Eucalyptus, date palm and coconut

Although often called alligator pears, avocado varieties can take what other shapes?

  • Berry clusters
  • Round or elliptical shapes
  • Crescent shapes that grow in pairs

What name below hasn't been used as an affectionate historical reference to the avocado?

  • Butter pear
  • Lizard butter
  • Vegetable butter

The Aztec name for the avocado was ahuacatl. What does ahuacatl mean?

  • Lizard fruit
  • Testicle
  • Tree of life

What's a cocktail avocado?

  • A cubed avocado on a toothpick
  • A seedless avocado
  • Buttered crackers with chives

About how many vitamins and minerals does the average avocado contain?

  • 12
  • 20
  • 15

Is the avocado a fruit, vegetable or berry?

  • A vegetable, of course
  • A big berry
  • A fruit like a peach or an apricot

What popular dish is by far the favorite use for avocados in the United States?

  • Cold avocado soup
  • Guacamole
  • Avocado cream

When did the avocado start cropping up in European markets?

  • 1940
  • 1900
  • 1850

Which U.S. state is the biggest avocado producer?

  • Florida
  • California
  • Texas

Hass avocados are popular for their creamy texture and luscious flavor. How are Hass avocados grown?

  • From seed
  • From grafting
  • From cross pollination

How long does it take an avocado tree to start bearing fruit?

  • 10 years
  • 3 years
  • 5 years

Which is not a variety of avocado?

  • Fuerte
  • Crocodillis
  • Pinkerton

What's the fastest way to remove an avocado's pit or seed?

  • With a knife
  • By inverting a halved avocado's seed side between two soup cans
  • By slightly heating the avocado in a microwave

What's the best way to keep avocados from darkening once they've been opened?

  • With cellophane
  • With an acidic ingredient like lemon or lime
  • Both methods work

How should you artificially ripen an avocado?

  • Place it in tepid water for an hour.
  • Place it in a paper bag and put the bag in a warm spot.
  • Put it on a on a windowsill in a plastic bag .

How do you slow a ripening avocado?

  • Sprinkle salt on it.
  • Put it in the refrigerator.
  • Freeze it

How many calories are there in a medium-sized avocado?

  • 450
  • 275
  • 600

What's the most reliable way to sprout an avocado seed?

  • In a shallow glass using toothpick supports
  • In a plastic sandwich bag
  • In a jar filled with water