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Delicious State-ments | California + Avocados

California Avocados

It’s a little known (and completely untrue) fact that in 1968, when California’s official state nickname was being decided, the committee was in a dead lock between calling it The Golden State – due to the state’s Gold Rush history – or The Semi-Squishy-Creamy-Delicious-Green State – honoring the importance of avocados to the state. To finally settle this dispute, an avocado was halved and pulled apart, and the side with the pit favored The Golden State. After the committee enjoyed that decisive avocado in a bowl of communal, goodwill guacamole, the rest was history. With this, it’s very clear that the avocado is the perfect candidate to represent the great state of California.

California produces 90% of the United States’ avocado harvest, so next time you enjoy a bowl of creamy, chunky guacamole, point your praises toward the west coast. However, don’t pin the avocado as a one-trick pony; it can be enjoyed many ways besides guacamole alone. Try the three recipes below by some of California’s biggest foodies and let yourself fall in love with the avocado all over again.

Local California Avocado Recipes

Edamame and Toasted Coconut in Avocado | via Joy the Baker (@JoytheBaker - LOS ANGELES)

Chili-rubbed Salmon with Cilantro Avocado Salsa | via Matt Bites (@MattArmendariz - LOS ANGELES)

A Twist on Guacamole | via 101 Cookbooks (@101Cookbooks - SAN FRANCISCO)

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