Native to Mexico and Central and South America. Harvested in Florida from late-May through March. Typical size is 2 1/2 to 14 inches long. Allow to ripen at room temperature until soft. Flesh is yellow-green to yellow; creamy with slightly nutty flavor. Best eaten fresh or may be refrigerated 1-3 days. Low in fat, no cholesterol, good source of protein, potassium, iron, and vitamins C and B. Use fresh and in salads, guacamole and dips.