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?
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?
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What name below hasn't been used as an affectionate historical reference to the avocado?
The Aztec name for the avocado was ahuacatl. What does ahuacatl mean?
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?
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
When did the avocado start cropping up in European markets?
Which U.S. state is the biggest avocado producer?
Hass avocados are popular for their creamy texture and luscious flavor. How are Hass avocados grown?
From cross pollination
How long does it take an avocado tree to start bearing fruit?
Which is not a variety of avocado?
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 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.
How many calories are there in a medium-sized avocado?
What's the most reliable way to sprout an avocado seed?