The avocado is a fruit native to Mexico, the country that has the highest production with 2,4 million of the 8,2 million metric tons produced in the world, according to The report of Statista. It is a very popular food, with a global market valued at 18.000 million dollars. Mexico represents 30% of exports and Latin America accounts for 75%, according to a study published by the Dutch bank Rabobank. Venezuela has a significant avocado production and the state Yaracuy contributes 73% of the national total. Likewise, it is outlined as export category.
Avocado is consumed in different ways in the country: alone, in a salad, as an accompaniment to multiple dishes, and it is a fundamental ingredient of the emblematic Reina Pepiada arepa. It is interesting to know how much Venezuelans like avocado, because at first glance it appears to be a food of daily consumption and great popularity. have even been reviewed neighborhood disputes around an avocado tree. In Datos ÚN We set out to make an approximation to this photograph of avocado consumption with a digital survey that we publish on our web portal and social networks.
Between Monday 21 and Thursday 24 August 512 people participated and the results are as follows.
A unanimous taste
The first question in our survey was: “Do you like avocado?” We obtained that 97,5% of all the participants answered affirmatively, so we can say that the taste for this tropical fruit is practically unanimous.
We discriminated the data by the location of each participant, so we were able to group the results according to the state of Venezuela where those who answered our survey reside. Thus, we have that in 15 entities all the participants expressed their taste for avocado. The data that is located in second place corresponds to Caracas, with 98%. Then there are small variations until reaching a minimum of 87,5% in Barinas.
We also ask our audience how often they consume avocado. Do they eat it daily, once a week, once a month, or just once in a while? We can say that almost half, 45,9%, say they eat avocado at least once a week.
One in five (20,3%) responded that they eat it "from time to time", 17% said that it is present on their plate at least once a month and 15,4% say they eat it every day.
Our data also allows us to see where these "avocado trees" who claim to be daily consumers of this fruit are.
We have that of the Yaracuy participants, 50% say they eat avocado every day. Then there are those of Falcón and Monagas with 38% and 36%, respectively. They are followed by La Guaira with 25% of daily consumers, Trujillo with 22% and Aragua with 20%.
According to the results of our digital survey, avocado is not a matter of a specific hour. We asked what food they usually eat it with and 42,4% answered that "everything".
Then we have 35% who say they usually enjoy it for lunch, 15,2% who prefer it for breakfast, and 5,5% who say they eat it more for dinner.
When we look at the distribution of these data by state, we discover that in Amazonas everyone said they eat it "at all" meals and in Portuguesa the option for lunch was unanimous. We also see that in Cojedes they eat more for breakfast; in Monagas, Carabobo and Trujillo the majority eat it with all meals; and in Apure, Sucre, Yaracuy and Zulia it is imposed at lunchtime.
Salads and arepas
Lastly, we required our audience to tell us how they like to eat avocado. The most popular modalities are: in salad (81,3%), with arepa (76,2%), alone (52%) and in guasacaca (51%).
Our survey shows us that the avocado is a verifiable reality. It is a food that is greatly liked by the majority of Venezuelans and in many homes it is a structural part of the daily diet. Taking this and the data discussed at the beginning of this note into account, it seems that the boost in avocado production can represent good business both within the country and in export mode.