Grow a tree in the garden or in a pot for your own supply of this tasty and versatile fruit
Weight for weight, avocados contain more potassium than bananas and are also packed with vitamins, meaning they’re full of both goodness and flavour.
Very easy to grow, avocados, Persea americana, are great evergreen shade or feature trees.
Native to Central and South America, they grow up to 20m.
Grafted cultivars vary in size, but some have a spreading habit and reach 10-12m high, so they’re only suited to big backyards.
Smaller cultivars reach 4-6m and are ideal trees for small gardens and even large tubs.
The avocado has been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries.
The Aztecs called it the testicle tree, no doubt because of its dangling pear-shaped fruit.
Californian growers ran an ad campaign in the 1920s, deliberately denying the fruit was an aphrodisiac.
This bit of reverse psychology worked well and since then the ‘avodisiac’ has never looked back.