Celebrated on July 31st
You can tell that an avocado is ripe when they feel heavy for their size and are dark in color. If you want to quicken the ripening process, simply put one in brown paper bag for 2-4 days. You can speed this process up even more by putting adding a banana to the bag. Avocados mature on the tree, but only ripen once they are taken off the tree.
“Avocado” wasn’t its original name. Irishman Sir Hans Sloane called it an avocado in 1696 in a Jamaican-plants catalog. He also dubbed the avocado tree the “alligator pear tree.” This is because of the texture of it's outside skin.
Avocados are the Aztec symbol of love and fertility because they cannot self-pollinate and they grow in pairs on trees. Avocados can stay on the tree for as long as eighteen months and they will not ripen until removed from the branch. Brazilians eat avocados with ice cream for dessert.