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In French, an avocat can be a fruit or a lawyer. The word for the fruit originated from the Spanish aguacate, which in turn came from the ahuacatl, the Nahuatl (native Mexican) word for ‘testicle,’ which aptly describes some lawyers (although the word avocat in their case is derived from the Latin advocatus).

After the USA, France imports more avocados than any other country in the world; many come from Morocco, Spain and Israel. There are generally two kinds available in France: the small ones with the thick dark green-brown skins and the larger lighter green ones (which are harder to peel).

Fruit and nuts

Text © Dana Facaros

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