In a move that celebrates one of the most iconic agricultural products, California has officially designated the avocado as its state fruit. The decision, announced by state officials, underscores the importance of the avocado industry to California’s economic and cultural identity.
The avocado, especially the Hass variety, which accounts for the majority of avocados grown in California, has long been associated with the state’s sunny climate and healthy lifestyle. Its creamy texture and savory flavor make it a staple in California cuisine, from the famous avocado toast to the classic guacamole.
Avocado orchards in California are mainly located in the southern regions of the state, where the climate is ideal for growing this subtropical fruit. The state’s producers are responsible for nearly 90% of avocado production nationwide, making it the leader in the US market.