BATROUN, Lebanon: A group of women gathered in the northern town of Batroun Friday to learn about the benefits of avocados for cooking, health and preserving Lebanon's sparse reserves of water.
The event, held to mark the newly created "Avocado Day," was organized by the Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development Project in collaboration with Batroun’s Cultural Development Association, and was funded by USAID.
Those present at the event at Batroniyat Center learned that avocado is a multipurpose fruit that is beneficial for diabetes patients and delicious when used in various sorts of meals.
The event was part of an initiative by LIVCD to enhance Lebanon’s economic situation by improving competition in domestic markets and the country's competitiveness abroad.
Avocado, a fruit mostly grown in tropical countries, was introduced to Lebanon a few years ago. Due to the specific weather and climate conditions here, Lebanese avocados are small in size but just as tasty. They are grown in Batroun and all across Lebanon in places such as Akkar and Bsharri.
An avocado tree only needs to be watered every few days, which is another reason that Batroun decided to hold an Avocado Day, to encourage participants to grow the fruit as part of alternative agriculture in Lebanon that will preserve water.
This year, Lebanon’s winter hasn't been as wet as farmers hoped it would be, and with lack of rainfall the country has been in fear of facing drought. This has been exacerbated by a series of forest fires in Baabda that broke out a few weeks ago.