One of my favorite fruits are avocados (Persea americana)! Originally found in the wild in their native Central America, we have been enjoying cultivated avocados since early in the last century when La Habra Heights, California mail carrier Rudolph Hass patented his namesake variety in 1935.
The Hass variety, recognized for its large size and dark and bumpy-skinned appearance still contains most of the nutritional value of its tiny wild ancestors which were no bigger than a hen's egg and had little flesh. Hass avocados have a much . . .