is the leading grower of Hass avocados, accounting for about half of worldwide consumption. About 90% come from the state of Michoacán in central Mexico.
Unlike many tree fruits, avocados do not fully ripen until after they are picked. When allowed to remain longer on the trees, as often happens in Mexico, mature avocados have a slightly higher oil content that accounts for their ultra-rich texture and flavor.
Hass avocados are also known as "alligator pears" because of their rough pebbly skin.