Fruits are an important part of our meals, they are highly nutritious and help with digestion.
The fruit we’re interested in today is the avocado. An avocado is a very nutritious fruit. It looks like a pear, with a big single round seed but it is not in the same as a pear. It contains vitamins like vitamin C, E, K and nutrients like fiber, sugar, carbohydrate and many more.
The size and weight of avocados vary everywhere. So how much does an avocado weigh? An avocado weighs between 150 grams (0.33 lbs) to 180 grams (0.40 lbs).
There are different types of avocado, not all the fruits you see are of the same variety or from the same location. Different varieties of the same fruit are grown all over the world, so we have different variations in size, color, and even taste.
Things to Know When Weighing Avocados
There are different reasons why you may want to know the weight of your avocado. It could be for research or to monitor you diet,. Whatever reason it might be, there are some things you should keep in mind to get a very accurate result when weighing an avocado.
The first and most important thing to keep in mind is not all the fruits are the same. If you start recording the weight of your avocados with the expectation that they should all weigh the same, it is very likely you’ll be disappointed. There are numerous factors that affect the development of the avocados and cause them to have different shapes and sizes.
Let’s look at some the factors that can affect the weight and size of your avocados.
Factors That Can Affect the Weight of Avocados
The factors that can affect the weight of your avocado could be natural factors as well as human activities. Some of these factors include:
- Soil Nutrients: When it comes to growing crops, a plant can only be as healthy as the soil it grows. The type and nature of the soil is very important when growing plants. There are different types of soil and they all contain different nutrients in different proportions. So if the avocado tree is planted in the wrong type of soil, it will greatly affect the size and weight of the fruits produced. The soil nutrients are also important to the development of the trees. The amount and type of soil nutrients available will also affect the size and the weight of the fruits.
- Soil Water: The amount of nutrients in the soil is very important, however, the amount of water in the soil is also crucial. The soil water refers to the amount of moisture content available in the soil. This water content is needed for the growth of the plant, it is used in the production of food through photosynthesis. So if the soil water content is low, the plant won’t be able to grow to its full potential and the fruit will most likely be stunted and small, and it will ultimately weigh less than normal.
- Genetic: This is the most dominant factor that can affect the appearance or nature of the avocado. Genetics refers to the genes, and the genes are the internal coding that determine the nature of the tree. It is possible for the same type of fruits to come in a larger or smaller size. The gene determines how large the fruits will be, the size of the tree, the color, the type of seeds and other traits.
- Human Factor: Humans have the highest impact on nature. We are capable of doing the most damage but also capable of making a positive impact on our surroundings. There are different things that we do that can affect the soil and the growth of tree life around us. If the avocado tree is growing in an area that has been affected by human activities, the fruits produced will be stunted and will weigh less than they are supposed to. Also, there are other human activities that can improve the growth of trees like manuring, irrigation, mulching, tilling and many more. In a situation where this is observed, the trees will grow with greater success.
All the factors mentioned above can affect the size of your avocado which in turn determines the weight, meaning the listed factors affect the weight of your avocado both directly and indirectly.
Another important thing to remember is not all avocados weigh the same, they vary, and just because one weighs less than another doesn’t mean it is spoilt or substandard.
Weighing avocados doesn’t require any special skill or requirement. You can measure it in bulk or otherwise depending on your intentions and the amount you want to weigh.
- You can weigh your avocados individually. You will have to weigh each one and record it. This method will work if you don’t have a lot you want to measure, and ensure your recording is in grams.
- You can weigh your avocados in portions. If you have a lot to weigh you can use this method. It is faster and less stressful. Select the number you want to weigh at once and put it into a bag or sack, then weigh the sack. You can use this method to determine the actual weight of one avocado by dividing the total weight by the numbers of avocados in the sack.