As avocado prices have begun to dip back to normal after a surge last year, more restaurants are using this healthy fat-packed fruit, reports Bloomberg.
Chains from Starbucks to Chili’s and Wendy’s are adding avocado to the menu, joining companies like Chipotle, where guac is part of about half of all customers’ orders.
Last year, avocados had spiked in price because the supply wasn’t able to meet demand, according to People.
“Because avocados are a tree fruit it takes three or four years for the trees to reach maturity and start bearing fruit,” agricultural economist John Bovay told People. “So basically production can’t keep up with demand and when that happens, prices rise.”
Last year’s avocado crop in California was particularly low last year, leading to a reduced supply and higher prices.
This growing season, however, the fruits have been more readily available in California and Mexico, leading to a drop in wholesale prices.
During a conference call in April, Chipotle CEO Jack Hartung pointed out that the wholesale cost for a case of avocados had gone down from almost $80 to around $30.
“So, they’ve come back to kind of normal prices,” Hurting said, according to Bloomberg.
Try These Avocado Recipes!
Want to add some healthy fat to your diet and take advantage of the lower prices for avocados this summer? Take a look at some of these tasty ideas using this creamy green fruit!
Vegan Niçoise Salad With Avocado
This Vegan Niçoise Salad With Avocado is a plant-based take on the classic French salad. Use some vegan “tuna” to take this dish to the next level!
Grilled Avocado With Roasted Tomatoes
Looking for something unique to put on the grill this summer? Try this Grilled Avocado With Roasted Tomatoes recipe with spicy jalapeño and refreshing cilantro for a surefire summer BBQ hit.
Easy Protein Guacamole
And of course, it wouldn’t be summer without some guacamole to snack on! Try this Easy Protein Guacamole for a simple guac recipe that’s packed with protein from green peas.
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