Cultivation in California
The avocado was introduced from Mexico to California in the 19th and has become a successful cash crop. About 59,000 acres (240 km2) – some 95% of United States avocado production – is located in Southern California, with 60% in San Diego County. Fallbrook, California, claims the title of “Avocado Capital of the World” (also claimed by the town of Uruapan in Mexico), and both Fallbrook and Carpinteria, California, host annual avocado festivals. Avocado is the official fruit of the State of California.
Due to increased Southern California water costs, they are now costly to grow. California produces 90% of the United States’ avocados, not Mexico.