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Saturday, October 04, 2008 

Avocado Festival Time

Awards to Avocados
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

We here in Santa Barbara LOVE our Avocados in so many ways!

Carpinteria's AvoFest has been going deliciously strong for 22 years!

Well, Santa Barbara County is the third largest avocado producer in North America, with Carpinteria being a major contributor. It seemed like a natural food festival in the making. Why have the Festival the first weekend in October? Oddly enough, statistics show that October is one of the sunniest months of the year with the least amount of rainfall.

And there it began...the California Avocado Festival.

And they have had some terrific posters in the past...pick one for your kitchen wall!

Avocado facts you may not know...
  • Spanish conquistadors discovered that avocado seeds yield a milky fluid that turns red when exposed to air. They used this indelible natural ink in documents that are preserved to this day.
  • Sailors in the early 18th century relied on avocados for "midshipman's butter," spreading the creamy flesh on their otherwise hard biscuits.
  • Bill Maher starred in a movie called "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death"
The two hot tamales, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have created special recipes for the California Avocado Commission. Search for their culinary creations here.

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