History of and recipes featuring the avocado, a fruit native to the New World. The history section discuses how 16th century Spanish explorers described the fruit, how the first avocado tree was planted in Florida in the 1830s, and the popularity of the Hass avocado in California. Provides recipes for guacamole dip with cilantro, avocado-olive dip, avocado pie, and more. Includes links to related sites. From a cookbook author.