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Avocado is a very interesting fruit, often confused for a vegetable. Its versatility makes it great in sweet and savoury dishes. Hass avocado is probably the most popular variety, but different types are also available and they come in different shapes, sizes, textures and colours. They are cultivated in many different countries, some species are particularly sensitive to frost and wind, therefore, countries like Spain, Morocco, Peru, Chile, Indonesia, Australia, Mexico etc. make the perfect climate for cultivation. The fruit has become increasingly popular and because of its health benefits consumed by almost everybody. It is broadly used in vegetarian and vegan cuisine as a very nourishing meat replacement. Some of the benefits include: • This “superfood” is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, phosphorus and zinc.
• It has high levels of vitamins: A, K, C, E, B6, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin (vitamins B1, B2, B3)
• It is a healthy source of monosaturated fatty acids
• It is rich in dietary fibre and just one serving provides about 40% of the daily requirement
• Some researches claim that consuming avocado on a regular basis can improve heart health, digestion, liver health, vision and aid in weight management.
• It also has great benefits for dry skin and damaged hair. It can be used fresh as a mask to nourish damaged hair or skin and also there are many avocado-based products available on the market.
When buying avocados always pay attention to select the fresh ones, without any black spots and not too ripe. If you buy ripe avocados that are ready to eat it is best to store them in the fridge, unripe avocados can be kept outside of the fridge in room temperature.
The fruit is easy to prepare and usually eaten raw therefore it can be easily incorporated in the daily diet and does not take much time to prepare it. Some examples include:
• Guacamole: that Mexican dip has become very popular in recent years and even has its own celebration: National Guacamole Day, 16th of September.
• Fruit: ripe avocados can be consumed directly, sliced or spread on a piece of bread with salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil, can be added on sandwiches as a great, healthy replacement of mayonnaise
• Smoothie: avocados go perfectly with fruits such as bananas, pineapple and berries and with green, leafy vegetables such as kale making it a great snack or even meal substitute.
• Salads: the fruit goes great with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta cheese, chicken etc. so any salad can be created to suit everybody.
• Avocado oil: perfect with salads, can be used for baking by vegans as a fat replacement and also make avocado oil mayonnaise.
• Chocolate spread: a very healthy, sugar-free and easy to make. It is perfect on bread, toast, pancakes or waffles.
It is really important to know how you can use the fruit so you can appreciate it for its numerous benefits. On our website, you will find some delicious and easy to prepare recipes with a step by step guidance.
I remember when I came across avocado for the first time I did not know what to do with it. At the time it was not as popular as now and I hardly had access to the internet. I thought it was a vegetable and being so very curious how it tastes I made sure to fry it for a very long time. When I finally tasted it the bitterness put me off it for a very long time and I even thought that it was inedible. It is a funny story now when I love eating avocado so much and can prepare so many different dishes from it. That brings me just to one conclusion that maybe there are still people who either never tried it or some who made some culinary mistakes like me and ended up with bitter disappointment. Follow our simple recipes and enjoy!