Avocado

This large evergreen tree that grows to over 20 metres, is native to Mexico, it requires a deep well drained humus rich soil, it is hardy down to 15*C and will not tolerate frost, dry or very windy conditions, so is best kept indoors outside the tropics. The berry fruit ripens off the tree and is well known for it’s nutritious and health benefits.

It is very high in monounsaturated fats, vitamins B, C and K, and antioxidants carotenoids and regular intake can reduce the onset risk of Diabetes and metabolic syndrome and cancer, by reducing oxidants, cholesterol and triglycerides and normalizing blood sugar. They are also a good source of fibre. And can benefit skin wrinkles, sun damage and wrinkles.

They aid weight loss diets by providing slow burning fats. Other sources of these are Almonds and Walnuts. And don’t throw the seed away as it contains the most nutrients, it can be sliced and blended with other ingredients into a smoothie, or dried and used as a condiment grated on salads or cooking.

You can grow your own Avocado in doors just place in a 1/2 litre pot of leafmold and keep warm and moist germination is in 4-6 weeks. Pot on into pH neutral loam based compost and feed every 2-3 weeks in the growing season, keep in a bright window out of direct sunlight which will scorch the emerging leaves.

Avocado

Avocado

 

 

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