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Fruit of the tree Persica (Persea) americana, also known as the avocado pear or alligator pear, because of its rough skin and pear shape, although it is not related to the pear. It is unusual among fruits for its high fat content (17–27%), of which 7–14% is linoleic acid, and also for the fact that it does not ripen until after it has been removed from the tree.

Half an avocado (130 g) is a rich source of vitamin C and copper; a good source of vitamin B6; a source of protein and iron; contains 26 g of fat, of which 20% is saturated; provides 2.6 g of dietary fibre; supplies 265 kcal (1 110 kJ).

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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