It's a good thing that unexpected California frost didn't freeze out the state's avocado crop. It's not just the Golden State that loves nature's butter. Americans' appetite for avocados has exploded over the last decade, jumping significantly in 2012 alone, in no small part due to marketing campaigns by foreign avocado growers. This weekend, Americans are expected to eat several tons of avocados on "Guacamole Sunday" while watching the Super Bowl.
Last year, according to the produce industry publication The Packer, about 75 percent of the avocados shipped within the U.S. in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl came from Mexico. Most of the rest came from Chile. And that translates to a lot of the creamy green fruits. This year Americans will eat almost 79 million pounds of them in the few weeks before the big game -- an eight million pound increase over last year and a 100 percent increase since 2003.