There are 57 countries that produce avocados, but Mexico is by far the largest producer with its production growing at a rate of about 5% per year. Mexico accounts for about 45% of the world’s annual production. The most recent figures indicate that Mexico produced over 14 million tonnes in 2014, followed by the Dominican Republic and Peru.
China, which is fast becoming a very large consumer, is in 11th place in the world’s production. However, their consumption recently is growing by about 200% annually.
Avocados are not only tasty and nutritious, but are extremely versatile for cooking. The creation of guacamole is one of the main uses for the avocado. Mexicans consume over 50% of all the produce grown here with the balance being exported, most in whole form and the balance as guacamole, paste, pulp and oils.
The state of Michoacan is by far the world’s largest producer of avocados. Not very recent data indicates that the state is producing about 92% of Mexico’s total avocado crop.
If you are looking for a tried and true recipe for guacamole, rest assured that the number of ways is unlimited. I can honestly say that I make it different every time. Sometimes its excellent and sometimes its really good. I may use similar ingredients, but proportions vary. Avocados vary in flavor and texture, tomatoes vary in flavor, onions vary in flavor, lemons vary in flavor and garlic varies in flavor. Its potluck every time. Experiment and enjoy! If you want a special touch, sprinkle cotija crumbles on top.