Why avocado? + Visual Chart: How To Tell If Your Avocado Is Ripe

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A visual chart from The Farmacy on how to tell if your avocado is ripe or not.

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,

Elena

 

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  • ColletteCollette
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    Healthiest food on the planet…and one of the tastiest!

  • Sasha Stone
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    A day does not feel right to me unless I eat an avocado. I love them!

    • Elena
      Reply

      Sasha! I love your name 🙂 my youngest is also Sasha.
      Thank you so much for visiting by website! And yes, I feel the same way! avocados are absolutely the essential part of our daily diet! Love them, the taste, the texture, the simplicity, how versatile they are!
      Thank you again,
      Elena

  • shops4shoes
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    This is a great tip to keep your half-eaten avocados green! Thanks for the tip! I am currently living in South Korea and have yet to stumble upon any, but I’ve heard they can be found so I know they’re here! Also, thank you for your recent “like” on my new blog! I look forward to reading more of your tips and implementing what I can in SK! 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hello Krissi,
      I had someone ask about availability of avocados in India. seriously, I had no idea avocados were not available everywhere 🙁 shows my ignorance I guess :/
      Well, I hope you will find them in South Korea! what a special treat will it be 🙂
      Thank you for visiting,
      Elena

  • binaifer
    Reply

    may i know where are avocados available in india

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hello Binaifer, I am so sorry as I am sure I have no idea where you can get avocados in India, but I did want to share this great document on avocado production in India, it is not widely spread, but it does exist 🙂 so if they grow them, they must sell them somewhere.
      http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/x6902e/x6902e06.htm

      I hope this helps. Thank you for stopping by,
      Elena

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