Archive for August 28th, 2011

Avocado – Persea americana

Avocados
Avocados

…We can draw inner peace from our God
Whomever he or she may be
But we have to believe in something
No matter what
Even if it is the avocado pit growing
On our window sill
Or the passion you put into cooking…

 

By Matthew F. Lynam

 

This native of Mexico and Central America is thought to have originated in Peru. The plant has a long history of cultivation in Latin America with an avocado shaped water jar found in the pre-Incan city of Chan Chan that dates to 900 AD. There is also evidence in Mexico of the cultivation of this fruit for up to 10,000 years.

 

The bark, leaves, pulp of the fruit, the rind of the fruit and the seeds are used in herbal medicines. The leaves and bark are used to treat coughs and digestive disorders. The pulp is used for hair growth stimulation, as an aphrodisiac, to sooth irritated skin, and in treating wounds that are draining pus. The rind is used in the elimination of intestinal worms. The seeds used for the treatment of diarrhea.

 

In some parts of the world the fruit is used as one of the first baby foods it is so nutritious. It is high in fat, therefore often substituted for meat in vegetarian dishes. In Mexico avocado is used in the making of guacamole, in soups, salads, as a side dish or mixed with white rice. The average avocado contains 300 calories, 1.5 g fiber, 11.8 mg calcium, 9.0 mg ascorbic acid, etc.

 

In magic use the avocado is sacred to Osiris. The pit is carried to promote beauty. It is believed eating the fruit will promote lust, and the wood makes a powerful, all purpose wand! Mayan ancestors are believed to be reborn as avocado trees, thereby still providing for their families!

 

In Guatemala the bark is used as a mordant in the dyeing process.

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