Avocado Smoothie Anyone? Reporting from the Avocado Farms of Michoacán

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The MEXICO Report
By Susie Albin-Najera

In his job as Host of Martha Stewart Living Radio Show’s, “Living Today”, Mario Bosquez likes to know where his ingredients come from. On a recent trip to Mexico, he visited the avocado farmers of Uruapan in Michoacán. His purpose: to get insight into avocado cultivation, growing, and harvesting.

Why did you go to Michoacán for avocados?

I went to Michoacán because they grow the amazing, delicious, Hass avocados that account for the majority of avocados shipped around the world.

Is it avocado season in Mexico?

According to the farmers, it’s always avocado season!!! With their wonderful growing climate and farming techniques, there always seem to be avocados ready for harvesting.

What was the farm you visited?

I visited a farm in Uruapan and the sight of avocado trees on rolling hills throughout a land dotted with dormant volcanoes, the buzz of bees pollinating the trees was absolutely breathtaking.

Can you share some insight from the trip?

This trip was an incredible, eye-opening experience!!! I learned how to choose the perfect, ripe avocado (look for darker fruit and make sure the stem end isn’t too dried out) and how to make an avocado smoothie!

What did you learn about avocados?

Ripe avocado

They can be on the tree from nine months to a year before they can be harvested. avocados only begin to ripen once they are picked from the tree. And the avocados destined for U.S. markets are put through stringent, high-level inspections overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also, one of the largest avocados they have harvested weighed a pound!

What are the avocado farmers like?

The avocado farmers are among the most intense, dedicated people I have ever met. They live and breathe avocados and know every nuance of every tree and every inch of the orchard. I look at avocados that I purchase now with a whole new degree of respect.

What was your overall experience visiting Mexico?

I can hardly wait to go back to Mexico. I definitely am planning a return visit to Morelia. This beautiful city is now a World Heritage Site and with its architecture, people, and FOOD… is a must-see for everyone.

Would you recommend visiting the avocado farms in Michoacán, and if so, what advice would you give?

Due to the strict growing standards it might be a little difficult to visit an avocado orchard but you can check with the Avocado Farmers of Mexico. I would definitely recommend visiting the area around Uruapan and Morelia and enjoy the varied, delicious ways they serve avocados!!!

http://www.apeamac.com/

So, Mario, how do you make an avocado smoothie?

Mix half an avocado with some simple syrup and finish with grapefruit soda!!! Puree and presto!

Avocado smoothie

Check out the avocado smoothie Mario sampled on his trip!

More exciting avocado recipes can be found on Mario’s blog on Martha Stewart Living Radio site.  Plus, find interviews with Mario Bosquez on The MEXICO Report.


Other resources:

The Mario Bosquez Blog

Avocado Farmers of Mexico:
http://www.apeamac.com/

Avocados From Mexico: http://www.avocadosfrommexico.com

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at info@themexicoreport.com

2 comments for “Avocado Smoothie Anyone? Reporting from the Avocado Farms of Michoacán

  1. 2010-05-13 at 10:46 pm

    Great little story, Susie. I learned something new about avocados. Living in Santa Barbara we enjoy avocados on a regular basis. A note about the Haas avocado: All Hass avocado trees are descended from a single “mother tree” that was raised by a mail carrier named Rudolph Hass, of La Habra Heights, California. Hass patented the productive tree in 1935. The “mother tree”, of uncertain subspecies, died of root rot and was cut down in September, 2002.

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