Like most Mexican avocado varieties, the Zutano avocado has a pear-like shape and smooth, green skin.
Scientific Binomial Name: Persea americana "Zutano"
Salads, guacamole, dressings.
The Zutano avocado is yellow green with a shiny, smooth skin. Signs of ripeness differ by variety, but all varieties yield to gentle pressure when ripe. (Softer for guacamole, more firm for slicing).
To ripen an avocado, place it in a sealed plastic bag with a ripe banana at room temperature. Another method is to bury the avocado completely in a jar of flour. Do not refrigerate avocados until they are ripe.
Avoid extremely soft avocados with very dark or blotchy skin or dented areas. This indicates bruised or old avocados.
Available during fall and early winter from California.
Zutano Avocado Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 150g
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Avocados are very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Folate.
Avocado Tips & Trivia
- To ripen an avocado, place it in a sealed plastic bag with a ripe banana at room temperature. Another method is to bury the avocado completely in a jar of flour. Do not refrigerate avocados until they are ripe.
- Avocados date back to 8,000 B.C., and are native to Mexico and Central America.
- Until recent years, the avocado had a well-entrenched reputation for inducing sexual prowess and wasn't purchased or consumed by any person wishing to protect their image from slanderous assault. Growers had to sponsor a public relations campaign to dispel the ill-founded reputation before avocados became popular.
- Avocados must reach full maturity before they are picked, but they will not soften on the tree. The tree is actually used as a warehouse; the fruit can be kept on the tree for many months after reaching maturity.