Deep Avocado History

Scientists trace that the first known human consumption of avocadoes to archeological sites in the Puebla State of Mexico dating back to approximately 8000-7000 B.C.[4]

Spanish conquistadores confronted avocados early in their conquests of Mexico and Central and South America.  Fernando de Oviedo (1478-1557) describes avocados he encountered along the coast of Columbia:

“In the center of the fruit is a seed like a peeled chestnut. And between this and the rind is the part which is eaten, which is abundant, and is a paste similar to butter and of very good taste.[5]

European sailors called avocados midshipman’s butter because they liked to spread it on their hardtack biscuits.[6]

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