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How Countries Eat Avocados Around the World

How Countries Eat Avocados Around the World

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When soft and ripe, avocados have a rich and creamy flesh that can be used in both savory and sweet dishes

Avocados, also called alligator pears for their green and rough skin, are found in many countries.

When avocados are mentioned, recipes for guacamole inevitably follow. It may surprise you that the fruits are used in unexpected and varied ways all over the world (and yes, avocados are in fact, a fruit). Avocados, also called alligator pears for their green and rough skin, are found in many countries, but are favored in the warmer climates where they grow. When soft and ripe, they have a rich and creamy flesh that can be used in both savory and sweet dishes.

In North America, avocados have become a food staple because of their heart-healthy, mono-saturated fat content. They’re a common addition to salads, soups, and sandwiches. In other countries, avocados are a popular dessert flavor, especially in rich and creamy puddings, ice creams, and shakes while some countries will use the avocado’s creamy texture for a savory soup. And, of course, many countries serve the mashed fruit as a dip or condiment topping.

Awaken your palate with some of these foreign avocado dishes at home, and be pleasantly surprised by the versatility of the avocado. Check out some of these dishes and be inspired to create something new and delicious with avocados. Move beyond the simple dip and take a new exotic twist on your next meal or snack made with avocados.

Food Pyramids From Around the World

The U.S. Food Pyramid may have gone the way of the dodo (in favor of the MyPlate option) but plenty of countries around the world are still actively using theirs to promote healthy eating guidelines for the public. A few countries do use an actual pyramid shape, similar to the American template but with a few bells and whistles added to reflect local food tastes. Other countries have thrown it out for something completely new and more reflective of the local culture.

China, for example, has a food pagoda (no, it's not simply the regular food pyramid in a pagoda shape) that focuses on a varied diet but promotes legumes, soy, and sweet potato. Though the general sentiment may be the same as the old U.S. Food Pyramid, the pagoda is more culturally specific.

Germany, on the other hand, also uses a food pyramid. but they wanted to show off their technical skills with it too. They're using a 3D pyramid as an intricate digital creation with each side of the pyramid representing a food group, which is then broken down further into portion sizes for specific foods.

Regardless of what food pyramid your country uses, it's clear that the outline for what's healthy to eat and what isn't is similar everywhere. grains, fruits, and vegetables are good, alcohol, soda, and processed food is bad. But many food pyramids tailor that breakdown to fit the eating habits of that specific region and culture, the food available to that population, and how much or little guidance the government feels people need in order to eat healthily.

Read on to see what kinds of food pyramids people are using as a dietary guideline around the world.

If an avocado looks ripe, you should still feel it to test its ripeness. Hold it in the palm of your hand, and squeeze gently. A ripe avocado should yield to firm, gentle pressure, but shouldn't feel overly soft or mushy.


The fruit is not sweet, but distinctly and subtly flavored, with smooth texture. It is used in both savory and sweet dishes, though in many countries not for both. The avocado is popular in vegetarian cuisine as a substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content.

Generally, avocado is served raw, though some cultivars, including the common 'Hass', can be cooked for a short time without becoming bitter. The flesh of some avocados may be rendered inedible by heat. Prolonged cooking induces this chemical reaction in all cultivars.

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Costa Rica

The meal: gallo pinto

The best way to get in the pura vida spirit in Costa Rica is to start the day with a big plate of gallo pinto. The stir-fried rice and beans dish is cooked with red pepper, cilantro, onion, and a few dashes of the country’s signature sauce, Salsa Lizano. Served next to a side of eggs, avocado, plantains, or cheese, the rounded mound of gallo pinto looks adorably similar to the spotted chicken for which it is named.

Find it: Gallo pinto is ubiquitous in the small Central American country. Any hotel, restaurant, or roadside eatry will probably have it on the menu—and it’s worth trying every version you come across.


The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for avocados during 2019. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s imported avocados purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$2.7 billion (net export deficit up 68.9% since 2015)
  2. France: -$428.7 million (up 82.2%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$327.5 million (up 101.3%)
  4. Germany: -$283.4 million (up 142.5%)
  5. Japan: -$239.7 million (up 56.1%)
  6. Canada: -$237.8 million (up 52.6%)
  7. China: -$92.4 million (up 104.9%)
  8. Russia: -$91 million (up 378.7%)
  9. Italy: -$75.7 million (up 217.1%)
  10. Norway: -$64.9 million (up 52.9%)
  11. Sweden: -$64 million (up 22.9%)
  12. Switzerland: -$62.3 million (up 95%)
  13. Poland: -$61.8 million (up 198.9%)
  14. Denmark: -$56.2 million (up 34.6%)
  15. Austria: -$36.5 million (up 140.6%)

The United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of avocados. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for avocados-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful consumer demand.

1. Ben & Jerry’s — U.S.A

Ice cream connoisseurs curious about how their favorite ice cream flavors like “Chunky Monkey” or “Cherry Garcia” are made can watch the flavor magic happen in a guided tour at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont. Visitors are given an ice cream sample of the day and can try more flavors at the factory’s scoop shop. The Flavor Graveyard is just up the hill from the factory and is available for paying respects to retired Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors.


To begin our series on how Food Connects Us All, we begin with…the avocado!

Avocados. There are hundreds of varieties nowadays, and while you can find them all over the world, their ancestors all came from Mexico and Central America. Now, you can find them in every corner of the world.

Living in Los Angeles, I feel like we have avocados on almost every dish! Our most common variety? The Haas. And I love it. When I was little, I used to literally kick avocados around my backyard that grew in the trees that shaded us. It wasn’t until I got older that I really appreciated the versatility and taste.

Here are five dishes, from New Zealand, South Africa, Morocco, the Philippines and Brazil, where avocados are taking central stage:

Do YOU have a recipe that uses avocados? Do tell. The more you share, the more we learn…and EAT!

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad

Photography by Cookie + Kate

Who says salads have to be sad affairs? Cookie + Kate ’s recipe for a blood orange–based salad is just the ticket for a light and easy weeknight dinner. It’s less a “salad” in the traditional sense and more an assembly of vibrantly colored produce, but the results are no less flavorful. Be sure to buy fresh ingredients to really capitalize on the brightness of the orange.

Growing worldwide demand for avocados brings opportunity

The market for avocados, around the world, continues to increase, bringing a lot of new opportunities for avocado producing countries.

Avocado demand has exploded worldwide, largely due to the fruit's much publicised health benefits. Israeli farmers are also set to strike it big from the fad, thanks to demand for the fruit in Europe. Israel has exported 100,000 tons of avocados so far in 2016, and is one of the only countries which exports to Europe in the winter, as South American grower countries export to Europe in the summer only.

Nicolaus Vorwerk from Agora America GmbH said that he expects the European guacamole market will continue to grow. The importer affirms that the guacamole market has grown a lot snce the company was founded in 2013, and that it will surely continue to grow. The German importer is currently shipping 30 containers of guacamole per year to Germany, Turkey, Norway and the Netherlands.

The popularity of avocados is also booming in China, a country where the tropical fruit was introduced just a few years ago. According to Mao Wei from Shanghai Viocar Imp&Exp Trade Co.,Ltd, Mexican avocados from Michoacan are preferred by Chinese consumers.

"So far our sales keep increasing, and the two following factors contributed to this: first of all, consumer understanding of the nutritional value of avocados has been increasing dramatically secondly, upon the receipt of orders, we will inform our staff in Mexico for avocado picking, packing and transportations to China as early as possible. This helps us win more loyal customers and a high brand reputation." shared Mao Wei.

Apart from avocados to China, Mexican exporters also have their eye on Europe. With Marcos Ramírez from Jiraex asking the question back in September "If Brazil exports to Europe, why doesn't Mexico?"

Traditionally, Mexico ships the majority of its agricultural exports to the United States, its closest neighbour however, at present, more and more agricultural products are going to Europe, or even Asia. This is the case with the Persian limes, with the company attending the Worldfood trade show in Moscow, Russia, this September in order to start exporting to that market.

He explained that he has five action points to focus on. However, the two most important ones are making horticulture more attractive and creating more awareness for AMHPAC worldwide.

September events
The event season started picking up in September, with the 10th edition of Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. Companies from around the world visited and exhibited at the event to meet existing clients, but to also find new potential customers. Most return to the show year after year, but for those who were first time visitors, there was a lot of enthusiasm and they were very impressed with the show.

John, from Australian company, Fresh Select, said that "It has become obvious that Asian consumers are looking for innovation. We had our kalettes on the stand in Hong Kong and there was huge interest in those and also in our new baby broccoli varieties."

Grapes from California held an event called “Taste the Dream – Grapes from California” at the Renaissance Capital Beijing Hotel during Asia Fruit Logistica. Dozens of media and numerous gourmet-food connoisseurs from different fields were invited to appreciate table grapes from California. The next day, fresh grapes from California were circulated in the Beijing Yintai Mall and presented to consumers just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The following week brought the event World Food Moscow 2016. A food fair in the broadest sense of the word: from dairy, fish, meat and sweets to fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables were an important part of the fair. No less than two halls of pavilion 2 were occupied by 352 fresh produce companies from 40 countries. These companies trade in products such as fresh vegetables, fruits, berries, and fresh and processed mushrooms. Suppliers of, for example, packing machinery and materials, industrial and commercial equipment were represented at the fair as well. The fair was visited by 30,000 people from a number of countries.

The Polish market has found itself at a crossroads in recent years and the Fresh Market Warsaw 2016, held on the 23rd of September, seemed to reflect it. Historically a mostly Polish conference, many visitors commented that they had noticed a big shift in types of visitors and a much stronger international presence.

Apple growers took to the streets in the second week of September to protest the low pricing situation they were being faced with in Poland. Organised by the Association of Polish Fruit-Growers (Związku Sadowników RP), growers said there was very little difference between the price they are able to sell their apples for in the market, compared to what the apples cost to produce.

During the Fresh Market Warsaw event, we visited apple grower La-Sad who is one of the growers that make up the apple consortium Appolonia, the largest group in Poland, made up of 19 producers across 4 regions.

"Everybody has seen that we know what we are doing and are delivering good quality. For many years, Polish apples didn't have the reputation of being good quality apples, but we have now proven to our partners that 'yes we can'. We have known ourselves for a while that 'we can', but we needed the time to build the good reputation that we could give worldwide quality. Branded activity is very different than placing unnamed products on the market, so we needed partners who were ready to develop the brand position and we have had some good starts with our partners in Vietnam and have a lot of hope for the future." said Michal Lachowicz, President of La-Sad and Appolonia.

How Countries Eat Avocados Around the World - Recipes

Today is national Coconut day AND national chocolate pudding day. So we thought it appropriate to post a recipe for a delicious chocolate Avocado Pudding with coconut milk! Thanks to Inspired Edibles for this recipe and photo!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Coconut Milk

(Egg Free, Dairy Free)

Ingredients: 1 + 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled and flesh removed from pit1/3 cup quality cocoa powder (100% raw cacao) unsweetened1/3 cup pure maple syrup1/4 cup coconut milk2 tsp pure vanilla extract————

Makes approximately two half-cup servings or four quarter-cup servings.

Directions:Place all ingredients in a blender and press GO. Blend until all ingredients are well combined and a creamy, consistent texture is achieved.You can serve this pudding straight from the blender or chilled (store it in the fridge).When you’re ready, place into serving bowls, hang on to your socks and enjoy!

Organic Avocado Supply Update

The Hass Avocado Board

Eco Farms is a major stakeholder in the Avocado industry and we would like to make clear our support of the great work the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) does for the industry and growers in California and around the world. Created almost 20 years ago, the HAB has been instrumental in the increase of demand of Avocados in the US. In addition, the HAB focuses on nutrition and health as key drivers in increasing value and popularity of Fresh Avocado in the US. The success of our industry is undoubtedbly a collabrative effort and the HAB along with the member organizations (CAC, AFM, PAC and CAIA) has been a major part of that success.

We want to make it clear our position lies in support of the HAB's mission, the HAB's leadership and the HAB's policies and goals. A rising tide raises all boats and the HAB has been instrumental in making Avocados a strong, sustainable and vibrant commodity in a crowded food market. California growers and importers have benefited immensley from the work of the HAB and kudos to all those who have been a part of that journey over the years. Thank you HAB and keep up the good work!

Please visit the HAB's website to see other exciting things they are doing! #LoveOneToday

Avocado Market Update- June 5 2019

The Avocado market has experienced both high and relatively steady pricing for the last few weeks. Mexico is shipping a modest volume- just 29.7 million lbs. last week- while California added 9.1 million lbs. and Peru arrivals were right at 10 million lbs. Between the 3 sources, the total volume last week was about 48.8 million lbs.*- this was the lowest volume in 3 weeks a drop of 10% compared to the prior week. While higher prices are effecting demand, Peru is providing some relief with fixed price programs to large chains and flexible spot market pricing compared to Mexico and California. Overall, demand is very good on Avocados despite high pricing. Despite relatively high FOB pricing, the retail trade remains committed to promoting Avocados. This can be seen with last week’s numbers- almost 9,800 stores had Avocados on Ad for the week ending May 31 at average price of $1.20. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and entertaining for Americans everywhere and Avocados weather in Guacamole or in burgers and salads are a staple in many households nationwide. It is unclear how promotions will be in June, but certainly Peruvian Avocado pricing is and will be promotable for the coming weeks and beyond.

California Avocado growers have likely passed their peak harvesting pace. With a 19% market share and much of that fruit staying in the West Coast, California has done a great job getting support of many regional and local chains and has played a key role in keeping markets supplied. Volumes will likely stay in the 8-10 million lbs. range for a couple more weeks with Southern growers with larger sized fruit in full harvest mode. The overcast weather along with some light drizzle is keeping some growers harvest lower than they would like. Overall, quality is very good and June should see good supplies of California Avocados in the market. However, as stated before, the season could finish up by mid or late July - 6 to 8 weeks earlier than normal.

Mexican Avocado imports were down last week and in fact were the lowest since early May - and down 21% v. the prior week. There are a lot fewer regions with available fruit right now and field pricing is very high. Many US importers and retailers are looking to other sources, though Mexico remains the largest supplier with a 61% market share. The fact that demand remains so good for Avocados in a testament to the industry and the promotion boards who have focused on quality and value to consumers rather than just “a low price.” This week pricing is up once again in the field and FOBs are up slightly. Overall sizing is mostly 60s and larger with quality very good- smaller fruit is limited. There are about 4 to 5 more weeks left of the old-crop late-season Avocado and the flora loca harvest will likely start in early July.

Peruvian Avocado imports were up significantly last week- 10 million lbs. total which was good for a 20% market share. There are both East and West coast arrivals and quality on initial arrivals has been very good- fruit is ripening uniformly and flavor is very good. Volumes should stay in the 10-15 million lbs. range for each week in June as the lower California crop is opening up a window for more Peruvian in the market. Also high FOB pricing is being relieved a little with Peruvian pricing, which is still relatively high and a good return to growers in Peru but lower than Mexican or California as those other 2 countries are in peak flavor and have a much more established marketing history in the US.

Organic Avocados continue to be in short supply. Pricing is stable and with Mexico somewhat limited still, Peru and California are picking up the pace and sending more fruit to the market. Demand remains very good despite high pricing. TariffsWhile every day is a new day with politics and this administration, it appears Tariffs on imports from Mexico could begin as early as next week. The Republican and the Democrat parties in general are not fans of tariffs and certainly most citizens and elected leaders are not in favor of the tariffs (free-trade is good), but the POTUS has made his views clear. If they do start, pricing will be passed on to consumers and in our view it will not help the category and could hurt demand. Let’s hope a solution is made before the tariffs begin otherwise it will be a tough situation and the industry will have to adjust.

Pricing is strong with Mexico and California getting a slight premium over Peru as expected. Overall supplies are a little below the normal demand and movement at shipping points is good. While many wholesalers and retailers have already incorporated Peru into their programs, certainly more will consider it in the coming weeks. The next few weeks will see a balanced supply of Peru, California and Mexico and having a choice of which country of origin is a good thing for the industry and the category.

Eco Farms Avocado Market Update

Eco Farms Avocado Market Update- May 15 2019

The Avocado market has seen significant price increases in the last week as field prices in Mexico and California are rising very quickly. Volume last week into the US was 45.2 million lbs. - an increase of 16.5% v. the prior week. As the industry has seen before, more volume does not necessarily translate into lower prices. In this case, inventory levels are below normal and supplies are not currently meeting the US demand (weekly demand is approx. 52-54 million lbs.) Mexican Avocado imports were 36.8 million lbs., California Avocados growers harvested about 6.7 million lbs. and Peruvian Avocado arrivals were 1.7 million lbs.* Very few stores were on Ad last week, not a surprise since Cinco De Mayo was the prior week. Promotions should be up this week and next week as well with Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, though the higher market pricing will once again be a challenge for retailers large and small.

California Avocado growers harvested 8% less last week v. the prior week. It has become apparent that California has already reached its peak harvesting levels for the season. Harvesting will likely stay in the 7 to 9 million lbs. range for the coming weeks but with higher FOB pricing, harvesting levels will likely increase this week and next and that will be much needed. Quality is great and sizing is balanced.

Mexican Avocado imports were up 21% last week v. the prior week and Mexico has an 81% market share. The field price increases in Mexico in the last 7 to 10 days are not sustainable and is catching the industry off-guard. The response by the industry will most certainly be increased supplies from other sources, both California and Peru. Mexico is clearly finishing up their late-season crop with quite a bang and the strong demand for fruit is one major factor contributing to higher prices- late season fruit ripens well and tastes very good. The flora loca crop will begin sometime in June- a little earlier than normal but no finalized date yet. As soon as dry weight matters are adequate for US standards, Mexico will start shipping. The flora loca crop (June to August) looks to be fairly large- above average based on crop estimates. The market will certainly need a summer boost from Mexico and ideally at stable and steady pricing.

Peruvian Avocado imports were up just slightly last week, with most arrivals on the East coast. Volume should increase this week and next week as many major retailers will begin fixed price programs on Peruvian Avocados. There should be around 3 to 4 million lbs. this week and 4 to 5 million lbs. next week- but much of that is pre-committed and only limited volumes are available for spot business. Peruvian Avocado exporters are carefully studying the US market and with prices rising they will react as quick as they can to help support the category with good quality Peruvian Avocados in June and throughout the summer.

Organic Avocados continue to be in extremely short supply. Pricing is up from last week and may continue to increase until supplies catch up with demand. Peru will help fill some of the shortages in the coming weeks, but it likely will not be enough in the short-term and pricing will stay high well into June.

FOB pricing is rising very quickly right now in the US market and the need for stability is essential. Mexico may be frustrating with the unpredictability of prices but they still are supplying 80% of the market and pricing would be even higher with less Mexican Avocados around. The bottom line is that a light crop out of California and a lighter than normal late-season crop for Mexico are causing the current situation the industry finds itself in. Increased supplies of California and Peruvian Avocados in the coming weeks and flora loca Mexican Avocados in June will help calm the situation but it may be a little challenging until then.

Have a great rest of the week!

*Source: Hass Avocado Board

Eco Farms Avocado Market Update


The Avocado market continues to adjust with less supply coming from Mexico and a reduced harvesting pace in California. Overall, last week volume was down 14% v. the prior week. Just 37.5 million lbs. entered the US market last week, the lowest one-week total in 2019. Mexico send 29 million lbs. last week, California harvested 7.3 million lbs. and Peruvian arrivals were 1.2 million lbs.* After heavy volumes in early April, volumes have really been light these last few weeks- while this can be explained partially by higher inventories in April, another likely reason is that Mexico and California have a little less fruit than previously expected. More volume will be needed in the coming weeks in order to keep up with demand as Memorial Day weekend promotions will begin in just a couple weeks.Last week saw 16,151 stores on Ad last week with an average price of $1.20 per piece. While 2018 saw more overall stores and a lower price - 19,237 stores at 88 cents per each- these are still very good numbers and the retail support for the category remains strong.** Higher FOBs no doubt limited what some retailers were willing or could do, but consumers see a real value in Avocados not just when the price is low. With good quality and supplies, as well as effective and well-strategized consumer-driven promotions, the category did well during this past promotion. The industry is very appreciative of the promotional boards efforts to drive demand at the retail level.

California growers harvested 22% less fruit last week than the prior week- just over 7 million lbs. However, with a 19% market share, California is keeping the market supplied particularly with West coast retailers and food-service chains- not much fruit is heading outside the Western States. With volume down this past week and this week’s volume expected to be about the same, it is becoming evident that California may only have a minor role to play in the market for the coming months. Growers will likely harvest at a slow but steady pace in May and June and likely drop off by mid to late July. On the other hand, cool weather for most of April and so far in May has also allowed many growers to have less urgency to harvest, perhaps those growers who were waiting to harvest will get going in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates but California’s light crop- which was expected heading into 2019- will certainly be a major factor in the market in the coming months.

Mexican Avocado imports were 29 million lbs. last week, good for a 77% market share last week. Mexico is still the market leader by far, but with less volume left on the trees and lower shipments for several weeks now, it appears Mexico will not have large volumes in May. Pricing is certainly higher this week than it was a couple weeks ago and that is 100% driven by lower supplies. Time will tell how much fruit makes its way to the US market, but likely it will be in the 29 to 32 million lbs. range for the coming weeks. The market probably need about 40 million lbs. (about 1,000 truckloads) based on demand, but Mexico probably won’t be able get that number in the coming weeks.

Peruvian Avocado imports were 1.2 million lbs. last week, still very limited as the season is still just started. Volumes will increase by the end of the month and it appears Peruvian Avocados will be very important to the US supply picture if Mexico and California are a little light. Look for the weekly volume to increase to 4-6 million lbs. by the end of May as the season ramps up.

AvocadosOrganic Avocados continue to be in very short supply, with Mexico having very limited Organic availability and the market being almost exclusively dependent on California. Pricing is reflecting this lower supply with pricing in the low to mid $60s and rising.