The Cultivation of the Avocado

Avocado comes from the Aztec word “ahuactal” or “Tree Testicle”. Now thats a funny translation of the word Avocado. George’s goal was to produce an avocado tree that could produce fruit that was uniform in size and shape.

Date: Circa 1900
Name(s): George Cullen
Occupation: American horticulturist
Location: Florida, USA


Additional Information:

  • Avocado – Wikipedia
    The avocado tree does not tolerate freezing temperatures, and can be grown only in subtropical or tropical climates. Several cold-hardy varieties are planted in the region of Gainesville, Florida, which survive temperatures as low as −6.5 °C (20 °F) with only minor leaf damage.
  • Learn How To Grow Your Own Avocado Tree from Seed
    Wash it. Use 3 toothpicks to suspend it broad-end down over a water-filled glass to cover about an inch of the seed. Put the glass in a warm place out of direct sunlight and replenish water as needed. You should see the roots and stem start to sprout in about 2-6 weeks.
  • Avocado Fruit Farming Information Guide | Agrifarming.in
    The Slow Spread of the Avocado. … Sir Hans Sloane, an Irish naturalist, is believed to have coined the word “avocado” in 1696, when he mentioned the plant in a catalogue of Jamaican plants. He also called it the “alligator pear-tree.” Henry Perrine, a horticulturist, first planted avocados in Florida in 1833.
  • A Brief History of the Avocado – AvoSeedo
    The word “avocado” is believed to be derived from the Nahuatl word ahuacatl, which means “testicle” and obviously describes the shape of the fruit. It also likely refers to the fact that the believed the avocado to be an aphrodisiac.
  • Avocado Origins: A Brief History of Avocado – CureJoy
    Though discovered by the Spanish only in the 15th century, avocado was used by the Mesoamericans since 5000 BC. This aphrodisiac fruit from south Central Mexico was used by the Incas in Peru and sold in Mexican markets.