What is my plant?

My plant is the Persea Americana (Faucon, 2005) also known as the avocado to the general. The avocado looks like a mango; the skin is bumpy, which is either green or black, and the inside flesh of the avocado is yellow with a green outline. The avocado has a vegetable taste.

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Avocado (recipes.terra-organics.com, n.d.).




Environmental Conditions & Location


The avocado tree can commonly be found in mild-winter areas of California, Florida, and Hawaii. In the world the avocados are mostly found in Mexico, Rio Grande, Peru, California, Florida, and Hawaii.

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Avocado hot spots (broncofitnesscenter.blogspot.com, n.d.).




How to get this Plant & Which Part of the Plant is used


The avocados are harvested then used as an ingredient in food and drinks like salads, shakes, desserts etc… The inside flesh of the avocado is used in the recipe creations of salads, shakes, etc…

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mango avocado salad vanessa GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | Mango Avocado Salad

Avocado salad (gliving.com, n.d.).




Making of the Product


The avocados are harvested from an avocado tree once they reach a certain pulp dryness. They are harvested using long metallic or wooden hooks (FAO, 2010).
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Then they are contained in crates and boxes and organized into coloured boxes which are sent out to their next destination (FAO, 2010).
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At this stage the avocados are cleaned by the process of going through rotating brushes and then to the selection band (FAO, 2010).
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The selection band organizes the avocados yet again according to their size, shape and whether the avocado is healthy or clean enough to eat (FAO, 2010).
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After the cleaning process they are packaged and then stored in cooling chambers at a temperature range of three degrees Celsius to seven degrees Celsius (FAO, 2010).
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They are then transported from the chambers via refrigerated vehicles to the market (FAO, 2010).
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From the market they can be bought by the public and used in many tasty treats and dishes.
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Avocado shake (lauradstern.com, n.d.).





Beneficial Impacts


Avocados are used for oil products, food dishes and tasty treats. This fruit is used by chefs in restaurants and also people who enjoy eating avocado. It is said that those who eat healthy whilst also eating avocados will gain smoother skin, more glossy or shining hair, as well as other physical and mental improvements (Klein, 2010). Avocado oil can replace other herbal skin care products because it can decrease the amount of aging areas, aid sun damage, create smoother skin, etc…(Ageless, 2010)


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Avocado oil (avorofoods.com/, n.d.).




Harmful Impacts


People who experience allergic reactions towards avocados may experience laxative symptoms, so these people will not be able to use or consume these products. If you are taking drugs such as aspirin that are blood thinners it will decrease the effect of the drugs (Mansi, 2008). Other oil products are available to replace avocado oil due to the fact that some people may be allergic to the avocado fruit. Also, other ice creams or shakes may replace avocado treats because of the allergic reaction as well.


In conclusion, the Persea Americana also known as avocado and alligator pear is a tropical fruit that can make many healthy skin care products and tasty treats. On the other hand, being allergic to the avocado fruit can be mildly unpleasant to your body.




Interested in making your own avocado shake? Here's a tutorial.

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Wanna learn more about the avocado?

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References


Klein, D.K. (2010). Avocado -- the fruit that would make butter and meat obsolete. 11, Retrieved from http://www.living-foods.com/articles/avocadoarticle.html


California Rare Fruit Growers, C.R.F.G. (2010).Avocado. Retrieved from http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/avocado.html

Dorantes et.al, L.D et.al. (2010). Chapter xxx avocado: post harvest operation. Retrieved from http://www.fao.org/inpho/content/compend/text/ch30/ch30_02.htm


Mansi, M. (2008). Superfoods: avocados - a high calorie fruit good for you!. Retrieved from http://dailytiffin.blogspot.com/2008/07/avocados-high-calorie-fruit-good-for.html


Ageless, A. (2010). Avocado. Retrieved from http://www.ageless.co.za/herb-avocado.htm



Faucon, P.F. (2005). Avocado//. Retrieved from http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Lauraceae/Persea_americana.html