(AP) — In this Jan. 7, 2007 file photo, Paula Salgado packs Haas avocados at the Del Rey Avocado Co. in Fallbrook, Calif.
So why the avocado and why the Super Bowl? It helped that the avocado season happens to hit its prime right around kickoff. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
Back at the turn of this century, Americans ate a mere 8 million pounds of avocados during Super Bowl festivities. Today, Americans are expected to consume 79 million pounds of avocados around the championship game. For those keeping score, that's roughly 158 million avocados.