But in Mexico, the worlds biggest producer, what used to be a dietary staple is now too expensive for many ordinary consumers. And, now the country where the avocado is believe to have originated is considering the unthinkable: importing avocados from abroad.
It seems laughable, being able to bring in avocados from other areas at a time when we are so successful in exporting [avocados] but were not ruling it out, said economy secretary Ildefonso Guajardo.
Its practically the price of success. Avocados are so popular on the international level that its generating price pressure in the national market.
Avocados are believed to have first been cultivated in the Mexican state of Puebla, and they have become big business for the country, which accounts for almost half the worlds production.
Government statistics show avocado exports now bring more money into the country than petroleum.
One town Tanctaro in Michoacn state ships out more than a million dollars worth of avocado every day, and growers there even organized an armed vigilante group to fight off extortion and threats from criminal cartels.
But the success of the industry has driven up prices to unprecedented levels in recent months: avocados regularly sell for more than 80 pesos (3.40) per kilo in many markets the same value as Mexicos daily minimum wage.
Producers say the price spike has been driven in part by a 20% shrinkage in the crop, but others point to the growing international demand, and warn that high prices are here to stay.