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Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family.
Avocado orchards help renew our air supply and keep fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
In one year, a single California avocado tree can absorb as much carbon as is produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.
Two mature avocado trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four.
One avocado tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
A one acre avocado orchard removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Southern California avocado orchards remove 25 – 88 pounds of (dry nitrogenous) pollutants per acre from the environment. (based on University of California deposition data).
Orchard trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.
Avocado tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
Avocado orchards can reduce storm run-off and the possibility of flooding. By slowing runoff and filtering rain water, orchards can improve water quality.
Avocado orchards provide shelter for wildlife.
For more information on avocado facts go to Fun
Facts About Avocados
from The Hand Grown in California website