By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

One fruit that has been regaining popularity, especially among the Instagram generation, is the avocado. A reason for this is because it is considered to be a good source of various vitamins and nutrients.  

As a result, people from all walks of life are concocting creative ways to incorporate the fruit’s buttery flesh and mildly nutty flavor to different dishes.

But where do avocados come from and what are they good for?

Avocados are native to the tropics. It grows on medium-sized trees and its fruits are either a bright or dark shade of green. And if opened, the avocado’s seed sits right at the middle of each fruit.

Be careful though! Once cut and exposed to air, avocados tend to discolor quickly. It is advised to add sliced avocado to a dish only on serving time. To keep a whole avocado preserved for longer periods of time, store it in a refrigerator.

Avocados are considered to be a good source of vitamins A and B, high phosphate, potassium, iron, and other minerals. Its calorie content is high–ranging from 800 to 1,000 for each kilo.

Other than its texture and flavor which is a good ingredient to salads or even in desserts, its bark and leaves can also be used as a cure for rheumatism and diarrhea, respectively.

Boil avocado leaves in two glasses of water for 15 minutes then drink to cure an upset stomach. As for rheumatism and neuralgia (or pain in the nerves), crush enough of its dry seeds or bark, then mix it with cooking oil and warm over a small flame. This is to be applied on the affected area.

The avocado is more valuable than what it seems because it has many benefits aside from having fruits that are healthy for consumption. Its other parts can act as a cure to common ailments leaving no part of the tree to go to waste.