Don’t miss out on celebrating one of the favorite fruits of the West

National Avocado Day
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National holidays come in strides – if you check the calendar, there’s even one for deep fried clams (November 1), tossing fruitcake (January 3), and hairstylist appreciation (April 30).

But today, Tuesday, July 31, honors a fruit that holds a special place in our hearts, on our salads, and heaped lovingly on our toast. #nationalavocadoday is inspiring Instagram posts everywhere, and we can’t wait to celebrate ourselves.

The rich, creamy, chartreuse-colored fruit is lauded for its heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, high fiber content, and assortment of vitamins and minerals like folate, vitamin C, B vitamins, and more potassium than bananas. The superfood has been linked to healthy weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and reducing risks for heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Considered a stone fruit for its inedible pit, avocado grows in warm climates, and has earned nicknames like “alligator pear,” for its bumpy skin, and “butter fruit,” for its smooth texture.

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Fitness pros and nutrition experts rave about the benefits, ingenious bakers find delicious ways to incorporate it into desserts (dark chocolate avocado tart, anyone?), talented artists make it their muse, and no cafe menu is complete without some version of avo-toast, be it sprinkled with fancy sea salts, topped with an egg, or ludicrously overpriced. If jewelry is your thing, there’s even a swoon-worthy new collection from Alex and Ani featuring the fruit on delicate necklaces, bangles, and bracelets.

If whipping up an avocado-inspired meal isn’t in the cards for you tonight, you can also get your guac fix at Chipotle. The fast-casual restaurant chain is offering free guacamole when you order an entree online or on their app using the code “AVOCADO” at checkout. There’s also an avocado bus, dubbed Guaclandia, making rounds in Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago in the coming weeks. Because any excuse is a good one when it comes to guacamole.

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