Did you know Peru Avocados date back to the ancient Incas? Remains found at the archaeological site of Caral on the Peruvian coast indicate that avocados have been cultivated here since at least 1200 B.C. When the Incas conquered the province of Palt, they discovered the avocado in the warm valley near Cuzco, where it was being cultivated.

Today, Hass avocado production encompasses thousands of hectares in central and western Peru. And it’s no wonder. Peru’s equatorial location along the Pacific Ocean creates consistently mild temperatures year round, making it perfect for avocado cultivation. Its soil is rich and sandy, and the towering Andes mountains provide a continual flow of pure water for irrigation.

Peruvian avocados growers benefit not only from their long heritage of avocado cultivation, but also from some of the world’s most advanced farming practices. The industry fully complies with international Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), which ensure producers meet globally accepted standards for food safety, sustainable production methods, worker welfare, and responsible use of water and plant propagation materials.

As a result, Peru has become the largest supplier of avocados imported to the European Union and has begun to export avocados in significant quantities to North America, too. The worldwide popularity of Peruvian avocados is due in large part to being a “Superfood” with excellent nutritional value. They contain nearly 20 vitamins and nutrients with no gluten or cholesterol. And they’re even recognized as a hearth-healthy food by the FDA for being high in “good fats” — the kind proven to reduce the risk of heart disease.

So now you know. Great tasting avocados are nothing new to Peru. After all, we’ve been cultivating them for centuries. Hass Avocados from Peru are seasonally available to consumers Maythroughh September. Why not make a little history of your own with Peru Avocados today?