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The Avocado: a Vegetable or a Fruit?

When is an avocado just an avocado? Never! Avocados come in a variety of types -- including Bacon, Fuerte, Gwen, Hass, Pinkerton, Reed and Zutano – and all with their own unique qualities. But the age-old question remains: Is an avocado a fruit or vegetable? Funnily enough, avocados are fruits.

Hands down, the most popular use of an avocado is in the making of guacamole. At Guac-A-Lot, we have developed our own way of creating a wide variety of great guacamole dishes that are as beautiful to behold as they are delicious. But take note: guacamole isn't the only way to enjoy avocados! You most commonly see them in salads and dips, but they’re also used in loaves of bread, desserts, main dishes and even in non-culinary creams for facials and body massages.

Anatomy of an avocado:

Each avocado has a seed, sometimes referred to as the pit, in the middle which is surrounded by what is known as the ‘pericarp.’ The pericarp is made up of three layers:

  • The endocarp, the innermost layer around the seed, often thin and unidentifiable in avocados;

  • The mesocarp which makes up the fleshy, delicious edible layer;

  • And the exocarp which is the skin or rind on the outside.

While there are two types of fleshy fruits, known as drupes and berries, avocados fall in the latter category. Berries are known for their fleshy meso- and endocarp layers, as seen in avocados. Although we commonly associate fruits with sweetness, avocados are most often served in a more savory manner.

We invite you to try the best of what avocados can offer. At Guac-A-Lot, our tasty collection of guacamoles, salsas and smoothies are healthy and delicious. Placing orders can be done either by phone or online, and we can deliver to your home or office for your convenience. For more information, give us a call today.