If you have only seen a typical avocado, you may not realize that these little, black, “plum like” fruits shown here are avocados too. These are a variety called a Mexicola. There is a related variety called a Mexicola Grande. And most amazing, they have an edible skin! Yes, when ripe, you can bite right into them like a plum and eat the skin and golden-green flesh inside.
The Mexicola Grande avocado has a glossy, near black, thin easy-to-peel skin. The flesh is creamy and almost delicate in texture. Its flavor is rich, nutty and smooth. The fruit contains a large imposing pit, especially for its size. Regardless of their name, Mexicola Grande avocados are petit in size and weigh an average of four ounces to eight ounces.
Avocados evolved as a species from animals eating the fruit and “distributing” the seeds. Avocados have been growing wild for at least 13,000 years though they have been cultivated by humans for about 9,000 years. There are three races of avocados: Guatemalan, Mexican and West Indian. While each has distinctive features, cross-pollination permits the development of unlimited varieties. The Mexicola Grande, is indeed, native to Mexico. Its parent tree is the Mexicola avocado.