Scientific name: Persea americana
Common names: West Indian avocado, Florida avocado, SlimCado

The West Indian avocado, also known as the “Florida avocado” or “SlimCado,” is a variety of avocado that is typically larger and has a smoother, lighter green skin compared to the Hass avocado. The West Indian avocado is known for its mild flavor and lower oil content compared to other avocado varieties. It is often used in salads, sandwiches, and guacamole.

The West Indian avocado tree is a tropical evergreen tree that can grow up to 60 feet tall, and it produces pear-shaped fruit that can weigh up to several pounds. The flesh of the West Indian avocado is pale green and has a creamy texture.

This variety of avocado is popular in the Caribbean, Florida, and other tropical and subtropical regions. It is often preferred for its larger size and lower fat content, making it a healthier option for those looking to reduce their fat intake.

In terms of nutritional value, the West Indian avocado is rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. It is a good source of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber. Additionally, it contains monounsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health.


In the 1968 yearbook of the California Avocado Society, R. M. Bond (Officer in Charge), and A. L. Frederiksen (Horticulturist), of the Federal Station, ARS, USDA, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, published a short paper on “AVOCADOS IN ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS” that is available here.

Medicinal uses:
The West Indian avocado, like other varieties of avocado, has several potential medicinal uses:

  1. Heart Health: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy fats that may help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
  2. Nutrient Absorption: Avocados are a good source of fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamins A, D, E, and K), and their consumption with other nutrient-rich foods may enhance the absorption of these vitamins.
  3. Eye Health: Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that are beneficial for eye health and may help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
  4. Blood Sugar Control: The monounsaturated fats and fiber in avocados may help improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels, which can be beneficial for people with diabetes.
  5. Weight Management: Despite being calorie-dense, avocados can be a healthy addition to a weight management diet due to their fiber content, which can help promote feelings of fullness and reduce overall calorie intake.
  6. Skin Health: The fats and antioxidants in avocados may help nourish and moisturize the skin when applied topically or consumed regularly.
  7. Digestive Health: The fiber in avocados can help promote healthy digestion and prevent constipation.
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