Avocado Fans Don’t Understand What Ted Cruz Has Against Avocados

The senator from Texas names the avocado as one of his phobias, surprising some of the popular superfood’s fan base.

National Journal
Marina Koren
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Marina Koren
Oct. 25, 2013, 12:37 p.m.

Thanks to a re­cent in­ter­view with the Des Moines Re­gister, the world knows a little more about Ted Cruz’s likes and dis­likes. His fa­vor­ite film is The Prin­cess Bride. He likes to un­wind with movies and video games after a long day. And he really hates avo­ca­dos.

“I des­pise avo­cado,” the Re­pub­lic­an from Texas said in re­sponse to a ques­tion about his pho­bi­as. “It’s the only food I dis­like, and I dis­like it pas­sion­ately. Which is iron­ic, be­cause I’m Cuban, and my dad grew up with avo­cado trees in his back­yard. My whole fam­ily eats avo­ca­dos like crazy, but I can’t stand them.”

Fans of the food, mostly in the me­dia, were not pleased. They tweeted:

Ted Cruz got me on lov­ing The Prin­cess Bride but lost me on avo­cado hatred. ht­tp://t.co/WecWNk27cD

— Frank J. Flem­ing (@IMAO_) Oc­to­ber 25, 2013

Good grief — @Sen­Ted­Cruz is wrong even about avo­cado, which is de­li­cious. ht­tp://t.co/TZTVGnm­hqf

— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) Oc­to­ber 25, 2013

Ted Cruz “des­pises” avo­cado, and I now des­pise Ted Cruz. ht­tp://t.co/v9h­Wg­DzwNZ

— Lach­lan Markay (@lach­lan) Oc­to­ber 25, 2013

Debra Mc­Carty, ex­ec­ut­ive of­ficer of the Cali­for­nia Avo­cado Fest­iv­al, was sur­prised by the sen­at­or’s re­marks. The fest­iv­al has been held an­nu­ally for 27 years in Carpin­ter­ia, Cal­if., an ocean­side city in Santa Bar­bara County, which is the third-largest avo­cado pro­du­cer in North Amer­ica. Mc­Carty, who says she “pas­sion­ately” loves avo­ca­dos, has yet to meet a foe of the fruit. “I am very happy that every­body has dif­fer­ences in taste in the world, but for us in Carpin­ter­ia, we love avo­ca­dos for many reas­ons — their de­li­cious taste, their but­tery fla­vors,” Mc­Carty told Na­tion­al Journ­al. “They go well with everything.”

Rep. Ju­lia Brown­ley of Cali­for­nia, whose state’s farms pro­duce 90 per­cent of the na­tion’s avo­ca­dos, poin­ted to the fruit’s health be­ne­fits. “Giv­en that good health is not one of Sen­at­or Cruz’s areas of ex­pert­ise, it is not sur­pris­ing that he does not fully ap­pre­ci­ate that the avo­cado is packed with nu­tri­ents and is part of a bal­anced, healthy diet,” the Demo­crat­ic law­maker told Na­tion­al Journ­al. “I in­vite Sen­at­or Cruz to my dis­trict in Ven­tura County, where I’m cer­tain he’ll find our Cali­for­nia-grown avo­ca­dos to be both de­li­cious and nu­tri­tious.”

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Huff­ing­ton Post/YouGov poll, 43 per­cent of Amer­ic­ans view Cruz un­fa­vor­ably. How his stance on avo­ca­dos will af­fect that num­ber, it’s too early to tell.

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