Avocado

My Thoughts on Avocados

Avocados are a fruit and most commonly known for being used as the main ingredient in guacamole.  When I decided to try an avocado I did not know what the desired ripeness for one should be.  I learned that avocados ripen after they have been harvested and ideally they are ripe when they have a dark green skin with a slight give when you squeeze but not super squishy or too brown.

I knew that avocados were supposed to have a creamy texture but had no idea what they would taste like.  After trying a couple of pieces avocados seem very earthy to me.  They have an oily, buttery and creamy texture with a bit of a nutty rich flavor.  I tried a few pieces with a little salt and or a little lemon and think they taste a little better with these additions.

Health Benefits of Avocados

  • Very nutritious including 20 different vitamins and minerals.
  • High in potassium – they even contain more than bananas which helps control blood pressure.
  • High in monounsaturated fatty acids which are the “good” fats similar to what you see in olive oil.
  • Loaded in fiber, low on sugar.
  • Loading with powerful antioxidants beneficial for eye health.

Tips on Avocados

  • Avocados are ripe when they have a slight give if you squeeze them with a dark green color.  If they are still very firm and brighter green they still have a few days left to ripen.  Once they are too soft of squishy with very dark color they are probably overripe.
  • To prepare an avocado wash and then cut slowly lengthwise around the seed.  Then take both halves in your hands and twist to rotate the two halves apart.
  • Use a spoon to gently remove the seed.
  • Peel away the skin by grasping the outer dark layer of skin and peeling away from the bright green inner flesh of the fruit.
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