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Avocado

Similar Names
Persea americana
Top Producer
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
0572 Avocados
Top Exporter
Mexico
080440 Avocados, fresh or dried
Top Importer
United States
080440 Avocados, fresh or dried
Wholesale Prices
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$ 2.84 per kg
+2.0%
May, 2019
Jan 7
May 20
Product Intelligence of Avocado

Grades of Avocado

What are the specifications of Avocado? (Grades, Sizes, Colors, etc..)
General Information

der USDA parameters

-Extra Class

Avocados in this class must be of superior quality. In shape and colouring they must be characteristic of the variety. They must be free of defects, with the exception of very slight superficial defects, provided these do not affect the general appearance of the produce, the quality, the keeping quality and presentation in the package. If present, the stalk must be intact.

-Class I

Avocados in this class must be of good quality and show the typical colour and shape of the variety. The following slight defects, however, may be allowed, provided these do not affect the general appearance of the produce, the quality, the keeping quality and presentation in the package: slight defects in shape and colouring; slight skin defects (corkiness, healed lenticels) and sunburn; the maximum total area should not exceed 4 cm2.

The defects must not, in any case, affect the flesh of the fruit.

The stalk, if present, may be slightly damaged.

-Class II

This class includes avocados which do not qualify for inclusion in the higher classes, but satisfy the other minimum requirements specified. The following defects, however, may be allowed, provided the avocados retain their essential characteristics as regards the quality, the keeping quality and presentation:

defects in shape and colouring;

skin defects (corkiness, healed lenticels) and sunburn; the maximum total area should not exceed 6 cm2.

The defects must not, in any case, affect the flesh of the fruit.

The stalk, if present, may be damaged.

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Product Description
General Information

-Archaeological research indicates that avocados were found in Mexico in 8000 B.C. and in Peru towards 3000-4000 B.C. The area of origin is not exactly known, given the existence of several wild populations, but it is thought to be the region around the south of Mexico and Colombia. The Spanish name "aguacate’ comes from the Aztec "ahuacatl".

-It measures 5-6 cm in length. The normal weight ranges between 200-400 g, although there are some units that weigh up to 2 kg. The skin is thick and tough, of a green colour; the tone depends on the variety. The oily pulp of cream to greenish-yellow colour has a very similar taste to nuts. It has a single round seed of pale brown colour, 2-4 cm long.

-Fuerte, Hass and Nabal are the main varieties found in producers countries.

-The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and it is widely consumed more as vegetable rather than a fruit.

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