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Have you heard of green gold?

Have you heard of green gold?

One of the most popular fruits in the world is the wonderful Avocado. Over the last 10 years, the popularity of the fruit has exploded across the United States. With increased awareness we find avocados making their way into new recipes and dishes daily. Classified as a vegetable by the USDA, avocados are considered a fruit because they fit the botanical profile for a berry thanks to their fleshy pulp and large seed.

The Avocado is the fruit of a tree which is native to Latin American and the Caribbean. The Hass variety is the dominant and most popular due to year-round production, longer shelf-life and its rich, nut-like flavor.

“The Hass avocado variety is a California native. It was first discovered by Rudolph Hass in the 1920’s. Every Hass avocado in the world can trace its roots to that “Mother Hass Tree” in La Habra Heights, California”

Central and South American countries now dominate global avocado production, with the U.S. also being a notable producer. Mexico is the world’s leading avocado producer. US production is centered in California and Florida, and to a limited extent in Hawaii. Around 90% of U.S. avocado production originates in California, the majority of which is planted to the Hass variety. Californian avocados are produced and marketed year-round, although the peak growing season is from April to September. Florida typically grows Booth, Lula, and Taylor varieties, the Hass variety does not do well in Florida.

The U.S. has grown into the largest global importer of avocados. We now import around 14% of total global production. Over 98% of U.S. avocado imports are sourced from just three countries: Mexico, Chile, and Peru. Mexico, the world’s largest producer of avocados, has dramatically increased its avocado exports to the U.S. market. Mexico’s position in supplying the U.S. market reflects the growing popularity and the infrastructure farmers have put into place to meet the demand.

Fun Facts:

  • The Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fat
  • Half of an average-sized avocado has 4.6 grams of fiber, the most of any kind of fruit
  • Avocados also have more potassium than bananas
  • The avocado tree, once mature, takes 3-4 years to produce its first fruit
  • When planted as a seed, the avocado tree takes 6-13 years to mature enough to set fruit
  • One tree will produce on average 60 lbs. or around 150 pieces
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Where does my produce come from?

Where does my produce come from?

In the world of Fresh Produce, a Bird Dog is a person who travels to the fields and coolers to inspect the fruits and vegetables. It is with expertise & years of experience that they are able to make a recommendation whether to buy or move on to the next crop. A Bird Dog is your eyes and ears in the produce field. We are here to be your personal Bird Dog.

Produce in the United States comes from many places and many farms. Most of the fresh produce is grown in California and Arizona, but many other states play a huge role in growing fresh produce. Most of our Apples & Pears come from Washington & Oregon. Hawaii grows almost 1/3 of all pineapple for consumption in the World. Florida grows 70% of the supply of fresh oranges. Idaho leads the nation in potato production, producing 1/3 of all US potatoes.

As you can see from the examples above, these items must be moved from the farm to a distribution hub, to the. store before you can even buy it. Depending on where you live, this can amount to many miles and days of travel time. All these travel days take away from the shelf life of the product.

When it comes to your grocery store produce, an interesting fact is that fresh produce typically spends up to half of its shelf life in transit from supplier to supplier. A statistic that gets used often is that fresh produce travels an average of 1,500 miles before it gets to your local retailer. This adds days to each item before you can even buy it!

At Bird Dog Produce, our direct channel to the farm combined with the continuous cold chain allows us to bring you produce that is fresher than any grocery store produce. We often have items that are 24 hours from harvest, ready to be delivered fresh to your home. Farming is a family business, and we are proud to work with the top farms and families in the country. You can see and taste the difference when you shop at Bird Dog Produce. Let us be your Bird Dog.
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Let Bird Dog make eating healthy easy

Let Bird Dog make eating healthy easy

One of the most important things we can do to stay healthy is to try to eat whole foods. When it comes to whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables are a natural and easy choice. Changing your eating habits and trying to get all your fruits and veggies is a great place to start when working to improve your health. The benefits are endless and cooking and snacking on new and different fresh produce items can be fun!

  • Fruits and vegetables are a great source of energy - You won’t find a better nutritional source than fruits and veggies, which are packed with nutrients and vitamins.
  • Fruits and vegetables help maintain good health - Because they’re low in saturated fat, fresh fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced diet that can help you feel your best. 

An easy place to start is with smoothies! The easier it is, the more likely you are to keep doing it. Here is one of our quick & easy smoothie recipes that packs a nutritional powerhouse punch. 

Ingredients: Bird Dog Smoothie

  •   ½ cup raspberry
  •   ½ cup blackberry
  •   ½ cup blueberry
  •   1 banana
  •   1 cup baby spinach
  •   1 spoon almond butter
  •   1 1/3 cup almond milk
  •   1 scoop chocolate protein powder (optional)

Add everything to your blender and mix it up! Easy for breakfast or after a workout. This is a quick recipe that allows you to get tons of nutrients in your body in 1 sitting. 

Our goal at Bird Dog Produce is to give easy access to the freshest produce available, at a price everybody can afford. Our fresh produce home delivery service makes it easy to always have your favorite fruits and vegetables in the fridge. 

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