Travel to the land of avocado, Michoacan

Silvia Alegria

Exploring Michoacan means to explore culture and gastronomy.

This ideal family destination takes you on a colonial and agricultural venture where the avocado is the axis of it all. A trip through evolution, a land where the fruit with a peculiar texture ended up becoming a millionaire culture, the second most prominent activity of a country eager to stop immigration to the northern capitalistic region. “Less leave throughout the years”, explains Deborah, a tireless tourist guide from Morelia, capital of Michoacan. “We have plenty of employment and things are not what they use to be in the United States, hence more reasons to stay”.

After only a few days, Deborah’s explanation makes sense. Mexico has life in each and every single one of its corners, the news ones and the not so new, in towns where one can guess the pride from labor and its products, specially the one marked by the green gold.

Its modern roads take the lead during the first hours of the trip on its way to Uruapan, industrial center of one of the biggest avocado processors in the world.
Cesar, an agricultural worker, is the one in charge of picking the product from the land. One by one they fall from the tree, ready to reach the coasts of Japan and United States.

Those which land on reddish and volcanic ground and do not qualify with the United States’ strict requirements, are kept in Mexico. “Truthfully they are in great condition, it is simply a market regulation”, says Carlos Gemel, proud owner of Agua Blanca, one of the biggest avocado’ orchards in the country.

The best is being able to find all kinds of dishes accompanied with avocado in any restaurant of any zone such as tuna and avocado tartar, salmon with avocado and caviar, kebabs with avocado sauce, avocado créme brulée, avocado martini and avocado honey.

This glorious honey from Michoacan, just like any other product involving avocado, is sold at nearby towns as well as other parts in the world. This is why the avocado industry produces around 800 million dollars per year.

Towns such as Morelia, Patzcuaro and Santa Fe are on the benefactor list with it comes to avocado profit.


Silvia Alegria

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