Botanically, avocados are large berries containing a single, large seed. The vegetable is used to prepare dishes such as guacamole and even milkshakes. The avocado tree thrives in warmer climates, having originated in South Central Mexico. Due to its climatic characteristics, Latin America is one of the main avocado producing regions. In Mexico, the production of the vegetable in the crop year 2016/17 were estimated to amount to 1.8 million metric tons. The harvested area of avocado in countries such as Peru, Colombia and Dominican Republic were the highest in the region.
Commercially, the vegetable is considered highly valuable, with rising demands worldwide. The consumption of avocados has become popular in the United States, and Latin American countries account for a considerable share of vegetables imports into the U.S. market. Nowadays, avocados are also used in the cosmetics industry. Due to its nourishing components, the vegetable is used in, for instance, skin and hair care products.
While the region profits mainly from exporting its avocado production, some South American countries also import avocados, as is the case of Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
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