Mexico’s Avocado Police Are Winning the Battle Against Drug Cartels

If you're in the multi-million dollar business of growing avocados and the drug cartels play the bully card, it's time to fight back.

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How do drug cartels and avocado police fit into the story of everyone’s favourite Chipotle ingredient? It’s a bit of a long story, so let’s start at the beginning.

The avocado was a late bloomer in the world of food trends:

Originally predominately known as the “alligator pear”, the avocado was a late bloomer in the world of food trends. Far from a “magic food”, it looks a bit… different.

If you’ve ever held an avocado, the description of “alligator pear” seems quite apt – the scaly skin of an avocado does seem rather similar to the rough, scaly skin of an alligator. Is it any wonder that they weren’t terribly popular under that name?

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