• Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat and vitamin E.
  • More soluble fibre than other fruit and contain a number of useful minerals such as iron, copper and potassium and are a good source of the B vitamin, folate.
  • Rich in potassium and successfully balance the potassium to sodium ratio which is vitally important to overall health.
  • According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, avocados contain calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. They also have high levels of vitamin A, K, C, E, B6, D,  thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

Growing avocados


In temperate climates grow under cover in containers at least 30cm (1ft) in diameter using soil based compost with peat and with added sharp sand. Apply organic liquid seaweed every 2-3 weeks. When roots appear through drainage holes, repot. This is likely to be every year. Repotting is best done in the spring.

Grow in a bright, sunny position.

The avocado dislikes either excessively wet or dry conditions. Water freely in summer; and thoroughly but less frequently in winter.