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Resplendent Quetzal bird has vibrant color and 3 foot long train. Its domain is the Cloud Forests and it subsists on avocados. Slice open an avocado, knock out the pit and scoop up the velvety flesh and let this fruit take you from the office and into an exotic jungle.

The Avocado (Persea americana) originated in south-central Mexico about 10,000 years ago.   It was several millennia before wild avocados were cultivated, and many more before “the mother tree” of all Hass avocados was born in a backyard in California, in the early 1930s.   Avocados are classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel.

This highly prized fruit — technically a berry — is rich in vitamins K, B6, and C, as well as folate, and fiber. Avocados are a healthy substitute for foods rich in saturated fats, like butter and fatty meats.   Smear mashed avocado on bagels, toast or rice cakes – scrumptious!


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