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Crazy for Avocados
Californians see for themselves why ALDI was named one of America's favorite grocers* now that ALDI has opened its first of eight Southland locations on Thurs., March 24, 2016, in Moreno Valley, Calif. The ALDI grand openings will mark a significant milestone for the grocery retailer as it prepares to open approximately 45 stores by the end of 2016. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for ALDI/AP Images) (Casey Rodgers / Invision for ALDI)

Americans love avocados.

We ate more than 1.85 billion pounds of them last year—up 10 percent from 2013 and almost triple the amount in 2004.

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And of all U.S. cities, Los Angeles is the most avocado crazy, eating nearly 300 million in 2013 — and who knows how many in the years since?

Why do we love avocados so much? Maybe it's because their buttery, creamy goodness tastes like home. More than 80 percent of avocados grown in the U.S. come from California, and at least a third of the avocados grown in California come from within just a couple hours' drive of LA, specifically near a town called Fallbrook. The town loves avocados so much they hold an annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival, which draws as many as 100,000 visitors in one day. The avocado may have originally sprung from Central America, but it found its spiritual home in Southern California.

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The fact is, local produce tastes fresher, and buying it supports local growers.

In addition, here's an important point for those watching their cholesterol intake: While avocados do have fat, it's all monounsaturated goodness — the healthy kind that the American Heart Association says can help reduce bad cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Thank you, avocados!

The point is: It's easy for Angelenos to eat even more avocados, and there's every reason to do so. From guacamole to ALTs to avocados on toast to avocado smoothies to avocados on burgers and more — we've got to keep upping our avocado consumption if we want to remain No. 1. The good news is that ALDI is here to help.

ALDI is always committed to local and fresh. ALDI teams up with top growers, to ensure that the produce you buy is the most delicious and nutritious you can find. During the spring and summer, otherwise known as avocado season, some of the locally grown items at ALDI include organic avocados fresh from regional farms. And that goes for year-round, too. They wouldn't dare give you anything but the best: After all, when it comes to avocados, Angelenos are experts.

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Ready to join the craze? Here are two ALDI-tested avocado recipes to try:

--Tribune Content Solutions for Aldi