The 'avolatte', plus other signs we have reached peak avocado

Avocado latte
Avocado lattes are now a thing... Credit: drankandrink/Instagram

Britain - and the world - is in the grip of an avocado obsession. We just can't get enough of the creamy green fruit.

Avocado sales overtook oranges for the first time in December 2015 and figures reached a record of £128m in the 12 months to March 2016, up 39pc on the previous year. And they continue to rise. 

Read on, to find out just how bananas the world has gone about the avocado. 

Avocado lattes

Lattes served in the hollowed-out skin of an avocado are the latest Instagram trend thanks to a coffeehouse in Melbourne.

While many are eager to try the drink, Jaydin Nathan, a barista at the Truman cafe in Melbourne, says it wasn't intended to be taken seriously: "It was actually just a joke. We weren’t actually selling them but then someone came in today and wanted one. I think it’s ridiculous. It’s literally coffee in a piece of rubbish."

The key to home ownership

A millionaire Australian real estate mogul recently told millennials that the reason they can't afford to purchase a home isn't because of ever increasing house prices while wages struggle to keep up, but because they enjoy a slice of avocado toast every now and then.

Avocado toast or a home? You decide Credit: Alamy

Speaking to 60 Minutes in Australia, Tim Gurner said: "When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each. We’re at a point now where the expectations of younger people are very, very high."

Time magazine chipped in  an avocado toast calculator asking people to enter the details of their city and state to find out how many avo toasts they’d have to skip to be able to afford a home.

The findings? “If you’re brunching in New York City or San Francisco, you could be looking at skipping roughly 10,000 and 21,000 avocado toast servings for a down payment, respectively,” calculated journalist David Johnson.

Pinterest mania

Avocado has gone above and beyond any other ingredient out there, becoming the most pinned food on social networking site, Pinterest.

In fact, avocado was featured in two of the top pins of 2015, with avocado egg bake claiming the prize for the pin most often looked at, with avocado hummus following close behind. 

That tattoo

Wild child Miley Cyrus loves an edgy tattoo: she’s covered with over 20, including an alien head, evil eye and an animal tooth. But her latest body art is rather tamer – a tiny avocado on her arm.

The rock and roll stars of yore must be turning in their graves.

Dear Avocado, I love you so much @laurenwinzer givezzzz me gooseyz

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

Guacamolegate

When the New York Times suggested pimping up everyone's favourite avocado dip with peas, America went bonkers. Actually, properly bonkers. People threatened to cancel their susbcriptions, one reader compared the newspaper to Isil, and even Barack Obama weighed in.

Avocado beer

A brewery in Los Angeles makes an ale “brewed with avocados straight from our brewer Dieter’s grandmother’s avocado ranch”. Apparently, a local food writer called the beer "subtle" and with a "creamy finish." We’ve got some other words for it.

'Avo toast'

Can everyone stop calling it that? We're looking at you, Instagrammers.

avo toast in its natural habitat. #noms

A photo posted by Erin Schrode (@erinschrode) on

The subscription box

If you roll your eyes at people who get veg boxes, prepare yourself for the Avocado of the Month Club. That's right - in the US, you can pay $40 a month to have three pounds of avocados delivered straight to your door.

Mockery from your next door neighbours is free.

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Donald Trump lost a popularity contest to one

In 2015, when Twitter users were asked if they'd rather have Donald Trump or an avocado as president, the avocado won. By ten times.

Considering he's not sitting in the White House, Trump clearly got the last laugh.

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