Avocados have been around for thousands of years and are thought to have originated in southern Mexico and Colombia.
Over the years the fruit has been called aguacate and alligator pears and are now such an integral part of the North American diet that there are 80 Californian varieties.
Not only are they extremely versatile and taste good but are so healthy for you. So much so that health experts are advising people to grow their own so they can reap the benefits — in every sense.
Avocados are rich in so many vital minerals, vitamins and nutruents that our bodies need such as vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B5, and B6, vitamin K, and huge amounts of potassium.
It is a low calorie fruit containing less than 1 gram of sugar and they also contain something that boosts heart health and lowers cholesterol called beta-sitosterol.
Avocados help weight loss, detoxify the body, prevent depression, improve mood, and improve sleep quality, according to healthy.shared.com.
Slows down the aging process
Also, avocados can help prevent various diseases such as diabetes, obesity, stroke, gastrointestinal diseases, and coronary heart disease.
They can also slow down the aging process as avocado oil helps boost collagen in the skin.
I could go on with the list of health benefits, they seem endless. This may be the reason their price has increased over the years — so why not grow your own?
Here are some handy tips for growing your own:
- Clean an avocado seed, and then put four toothpicks in it, an equal distance apart from each other
- Then, place the seed into a glass with water, and make sure it covers an inch of the seed.
- Place the glass in a warm and sunny area
- Within 2-8 weeks, you will notice the root and stem sprouting
- When the stem has reached 6 inches, cut it to about 3 inches.
- When it will grow again to 6 inches, the leaves will start to appear and the roots will become thick
- Then, plant it in a rich humus soil in a 10½-inch-diameter pot, leaving the seed half exposed
- Water it frequently, and make sure it is always exposed to sunlight.
- When the stem reaches 12 inches in height, cut it back to 6 inches to boost the growth of new shoots
You might have to wait for a few years for your tree to start producing fruit but when it does you can enjoy an unlimited supply of organic, healthy and delicious avocados.
Please share this with all your healthy friends and family and why not give it a try yourself!