Avocado trivia

2009-02-13

in Geek stuff, Science

XUP’s blog has a surprising and entertaining compendium of facts about avocados. My favourite among them is the fact that all the animals native to the Americas and large enough to pass avocado pits through their digestive tracts are now extinct – among them, the giant sloths that were of such interest to Thomas Jefferson.

I have generally found avocado tastiest when incorporated into the right kind of sandwiches.

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XUP February 14, 2009 at 7:01 am

I thought this was really cool, too. It’s like a direct connection to a world that hasn’t existed for ten thousand years.

Tristan February 14, 2009 at 1:32 pm

So, logically, that means that avocados are reliant on humans just as corn is? I.e. if all humans ceased to exist, avocados would go extinct in one generation?

Milan February 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm

That seems likely, though it may be that the pits can germinate after the fruit around them has rotten away or been eaten away by smaller creatures.

Tristan February 14, 2009 at 4:13 pm

This might be true, although from my experience of planting avocados they do not enjoy being perched atop the soil – they prefer to be half buried.

Perhaps it would be more logical to say that, should humans cease to cultivate them, avocados would be come considerably more rare quite quickly.

Milan February 14, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I agree.

Milan February 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm

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