Members of the first family, Congress and other Washington, D.C. staffs are able to enjoy Cinco de Mayo festivities with true Mexican flavor, thanks to the Avocado Producers and Exporting Packers Association of Michoacan.

The association, known as APEAM, donated more than 700 cartons of Mexican hass avocados to Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan at the Mexican embassy in Washington, according to a news release.

The embassy staff is distributing the fruit to Capitol Hill offices and to federal agencies.

The gift of avocados has become something of an annual tradition.

“APEAM is pleased to have the opportunity to once again supply avocados from Mexico to our U.S. government agencies in honor of Cinco de Mayo,” Emiliano Escobedo, marketing director for the Avocados from Mexico campaign, said in the release. “In fact, President Felipe Calderón recently mentioned that during his last visit to the U.S. in March, various politicians and senior officials thanked him for the gesture.”

Mexican avocados reach White House on Cinco de Mayo

Courtesy APEAM

Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan (left) of the Mexican embassy in Washington, D.C., accepts a Cinco de Mayo gift of 720 cartons of Mexico-grown avocados from Eduardo Serena, business development manager for APEAM. The embassy staff is distributing the fruit to members of Congress, federal agencies and the White House.