A tree in La Habra ,CA is the parent plant to almost all the avocados grown in the world today. Unfortunately, the tree died in 2002, but not before it left plenty of offspring to replace it. The story goes like this. The original seed was planted by A.R, Rideout of nearby Whittier. Mr. Rideout was kind of the Johnny Appleseed of the avocados. He loved to plant avocados wherever he went and picked up seeds wherever he went also. This particular seed was first planted by Mr. Rideout, but later was purchased by Mr. Rudolph Hass who planted the seedling in his new orchard. Mr. Hass did not particularly like the tree, and made many attempts to graft other varieties to it. All of these attempts failed; finally Mr. Hass planned on cutting down the tree. However, his children loved the fruit from the tree and convinced their Dad to leave the tree along. The tree was a plentiful producer and Mr. Hass made an agreement with Harold Brokaw to sell the fruit and to promote the trees. The tree died in 2002 and the wood is saved at a Ventura nursery. Residents of the area can use the La Habra ,CA yellow pages to find nurseries selling the trees.
People enjoy eating avocados in many dishes, but one of the favorite dishes containing avocados is guacamole. To prepare this recipe you will need 2 ripe avocados, a half of a minced red onion, 2 stemmed and seeded Serrano chilies, 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves, salt, and pepper and one quarter of seeded chopped tomato. First, cut the avocados in half and remove the seed. Scoop out the pulp and place the pulp in a mixing bowl. Mash the avocado and add the remaining ingredients. Cooks can use the La Habra ,CA business directory to find grocery stores.Avocados are also great to dress up a hamburger, so the next time you are grilling some burgers, try this recipe. To make this recipe you will need 1 ripe avocado, 1 and 1 half teaspoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of diced green chili peppers, 1 egg, 2 teaspoons chopped green onion, 1 clove of garlic, half of a teaspoon salt, 1 pound of hamburger, and a half of a cup of shredded jack cheese. To make, first cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Then ,cover the avocado with lemon juice and mash the avocado. Combine all the remaining ingredients with the avocado and form into patties. Grill and place on hamburger buns.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan