Here in the Philippines, a popular fruit after summer during the rainy season is avocado. The tree is plentiful in the country but it is not native to the islands. It was introduced here by explorers of the 16th century - likely Portuguese and Spanish sailors who have visited South America in the New World, where the avocado originated. The avocado fruit is delicious with soft flesh that's mild and creamy. It's high in protein and fat, and is ideal eaten from the skin and for salads and shakes.