When a fruit reaches a point of being known as 'basic' and pronounced 'over,' you know it's made an impact. And the UK's love affair with the avocado is going nowhere – we buy more of them now than oranges.
But the issue of the carbon cost of flying them in is one that we can't get away from.
New research has shown the extent of the issue – revealing that one pack of two avocados has an emissions footprint of 846.37g CO2. That's twice the size of one kilo of bananas (480g CO2e) or 10 times larger than one banana (80g CO2e).
Also, for every kilo of lamb consumed 39.2kg of CO2 is emitted, which is over 46 times larger than an average pack of avocados.
The fruit's footprint has been found to be three times the size of a large cappuccino (235g CO2e) and over 40 times bigger than a single black coffee or tea (21g CO2e).
Conducted by Carbon Footprint Ltd for food tech company It's Fresh!, the research also shows that the Hass variety (the dark green, bumpy versions that we all know to be the best) grown in Chile has a slightly higher footprint than the ones grown in South Africa and Peru.
As well as taking a long haul journey to get here, the creamy greens then require heat treatment to get them to the ripe and ready perfection – amping the problem up further.
Need some sustainable avo alternatives? Here you go.