The Avocado : Native California Avocados

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Agriculture 101.03
November 16th, 2016
Natalie Aghazarian
Corrina Middlebrook
Brenda Gonzalez
California State Polytechnic University

History of the Avocado
Native California Avocados The avocado, also known as Persea Americana, is a tree that is native to Mexico and America and has an extensive history. Originating as early as 7,000 and 5,000 B.C in south-central Mexico, it would take several thousand years before avocados became native in America. According to the California Avocado Commission: “Archaeologists in Peru have found domesticated avocado seeds buried with Incan mummies dating back to 750 B.C. and there is evidence that avocados were cultivated in Mexico as early as 500 B.C.” (“The History of California Avocados,” 2016). Avocados then continued their journey from when they were first originated to being discovered in the 16th century by the Spanish conquistadores. With their discovery, the Spanish conquistadores soon came to realize that they had trouble pronouncing the Aztec word “ahuacate”, so they changed it to “aguacate.” Farmers later changed aguacate to the English word we know today, avocado. Farmers changed it in fear that Americans would not be able to pronounce “aguacate” once they tried to sell the fruit. The avocado, along with it’s new name, was successful in the market as farmers would later discover. (Yoon, 2006). The journey of the Hass avocado we favor today began when a postman named Rudolph
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