Avocado: Fruit, veggie or berry?

Soon we’re going to release the new app for toddlers "Fruits and Berries" from our series of Moona Puzzles. Some people ask us: Why do we say avocados are fruits, not veggies? But you’ll be surprised to learn that they are actually a berry.

The avocado is from the kingdom: Plantae, family: Lauraceae, genus: Persea. Persea is a family of berries that don’t have a lot of seeds inside them. So the avocado is a berry because it fits all of the botanical criteria for a berry. It has a fleshy pulp and a seed, after all.

Most people make salads and guacamole out of avocados but you can also make smoothies and desserts. Check out some of our recipes below.

Smoothie. You’ll need 1 cup of orange juice, 1 ripe fresh avocado, 1 ripe bannana, 1 tbsp. of honey, 1 nonfat yogurt. Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Mousse. You'll need 1/2 cup organic maple syrup, 2 large ripe avocados, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup raw cacao. Blend all ingredients on high speed until smooth. For the best flavor, chill for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh fruit or chopped nuts.

Avocado Etymology

The modern English name is not etymologically related to the similar-sounding Spanish word abogado, meaning 'lawyer' (as in advocate), but comes through an English rendering of the Spanish aguacate as avogato. The earliest known written use in English is attested from 1697 as "avogato pear", a term which was later corrupted as "alligator pear". Because the word avogato sounded like "advocate", several languages reinterpreted it to have that meaning. French uses avocat, which also means lawyer, and "advocate"-forms of the word appear in several Germanic languages, such as the (now obsolete) German Advogato-Birne, the old Danish advokat-pære (today it is called "avocado") and the Dutch advocaatpeer.

Do not miss our new app "Fruits and berries" for small kids. It's nice way to learn new words and have fun.

Alex Stavinski
5th Grade

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