The proper way to eat an avocado

In late winter, miniature yellow-white buds appear in clusters between the

smooth, broad leaves of our avocado tree. After the flowers drop, tiny

green oval shaped fruits are left behind. When mature, the fruit cradles

comfortably in the palm of one hand. Disbelievers are stunned to find

greenish-gold flesh beneath its smooth, sun-purpled skin, expecting the

release of a plum’s sweet nectar. Neither Florida nor Hass, this petite

avocado defied identification until one day, a Hispanic landscaper hailed

the fruit as “Mexican” and, gnawing an avocado in one hand, mimed a

shot of Tequila with the other.

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