“...the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.”
—David Fairchild, American botanist, 1869-1954
Opening a perfectly ripe avocado is one of the small joys in life. Avocados, the savory berries of evergreen trees in the Laurel family, likely originated in MesoAmerica. Centuries of domestication produced dozens of varieties prized for their rich, buttery texture, their size or their oil content.