The trendiness of avocados has hit Colombia, and it's confusing locals
One woman says avocado toast is really "weird." (iStock)
Colombia is the thir d-largest producer of avocados in the world. So why are locals so baffled by the trendy new avocado dishes popping up throughout their country?
Lisa RamÃrez, a 27-year-old who frequents Azahar Coffee, a shop located in a wealthy area of Colombiaâs capital, Bogota, said she was shocked when she first saw the placeâs menu.
âWhen I first saw the avocado toast with eggs, it was really weird,â said RamÃrez, who spoke to Huffington Post. âWe usually use the avocado for lunch and we eat it only with salt. For me, itâs real ly strange that people now are starting to eat it in this way with toast.â
While avocados remain a central part of Colombians' diet, they have not dominated the menus of cafes, such as Azahar Coffee, until recently.
While perplexed by the trend, RamÃrez recognizes it is a good thing for the country's economy. Between 2010 and 2015, Colombiaâs exports of Hass avocados rose by more than 150 percent.
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Another trendy, avocado-themed cafe is Lavocaderia, located in the El Poblado district, known for being the âgringoâ part of Medellin. This area boomed in the 1990s, when the elite fled the violence of the city center.
Lavocaderia opened only three months ago, but typically has a line of no less than 20 people waiting to get in at any time. âWe wanted to adapt to the Colombian trend and take into account Colombian cuisine,â said Lavocaderiaâs owner, Ximena Hoyos.
Every item on Lavocaderiaâs menu sticks avocado in it somewhere. Their menu ranges from smoothies to cocktails to pancakes to burgers.
In Colombiaâs more traditional south, there was a mixed reaction to the rise of these cafes.
While some locals said they are interested and like going to these cafes, others described the trend as "weird."
âIt is weird because avocado is a really normal food for us," said a Colombian who asked to remain anonymous. "Itâs really common. So to see foreigners want to go to a place dedicated only [to] avocado â¦ Iâm not sure I understand the point.âSource: Google News Colombia | Netizen 24 Colombia