19 June 2009

Alligator Pear

There's this delicious cafe near where I work called Alligator Pear. I eat there often. Did I mention it's delicious?

I thought it was a funny name. But hey, this is New Orleans. We have alligators. Why not name it something kind of fancy sounding?

And then while I was looking up some Nahuatl/Spanish words for the post below, I came across the etymology of avocado and found:

alligator pear
n. See avocado.

[By folk etymology from American Spanish aguacate, avocado (the trees are said to grow in areas infested by alligators); see aguacate.]'

The fruit is sometimes called an avocado pear and alligator pear (due to its shape and the rough green skin of some cultivars).

No wonder the logo has an avocado in it! I had no idea!

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