Why avocado? + Visual Chart: How To Tell If Your Avocado Is Ripe
Our family loves avocados, we eat them as an addition to at least one meal a day. Sliced avocado on sandwiches, cubed in salads, in soups and as a side dish, guacamole (we simply mash the avocado with a fork and mix in a jar of organic salsa). Even our 4-year-old just eats plain cubes of avocado with her meals.
Some great facts about Avocado:
- There are more than 80 varieties of avocados. The most common is the year-round Hass avocado, whose original mother tree still stands in California.
- The two main U.S. producers of the fruit are California and Florida. The Golden State far outranks the Sunshine State, however, with more than 6,000 groves accounting for about 90% of avocado crops.
- European sailors en route to the New World used avocados as a spread in place of butter.
- The avocado is also known as an alligator pear, because of its shape, green skin, and rough texture of the Haas variety. (The Florida avocado has a shiny, smooth surface.)
- Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.Recent research shows that antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene are better absorbed with the healthy monounsaturated fat avocados have in abundance.
- To reduce oxidation (browning) of an already-sliced avocado, sprinkle lemon juice on the exposed flesh and then refrigerate covered with plastic.
Now go and get some avocados 🙂
To your health,