|Avocados in my back yard.|
Known to the Aztec's as the fertility fruit, although I'm not sure why. I had heard that Marks and Spencer introduced avocados into the UK under the name "Avocado Pears" back in the 1960s. M&S customers purchased the "pears" and served them with custard as was the trend with other types of pears at the time. Needless to say these customers complained to M&S saying the fruit was inedible. M&S then dropped the pear off the name. Can't say I'd fancy avocado and custard, would you?
Amazingly the avocado is poisonous to some birds (our blackbirds, silver-eyes and thrushes seem ok on the fruit by the way), as well as cats dogs and horses. Even so, the avocado is under research for possible uses against cancer. Amazing what grows in one's garden isn't it ;-)