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Avocado is Available:
Avocados are grown year round in warm weather.
How Does an Avocado Grow:
Avocados grow from a seed. You can plant your own avocado by using
the inside pit or seed. After eating your avocado wash the pit off
and allow to dry overnight. Insert three toothpicks around the fat
middle and suspend over a cup. Fill the cup with water so the base
of the seed, the flat bottom side, is in the water and the top is
exposed to the air. It may take several weeks to sprout. Remember to
keep your avocado plant inside or it can go outside if it is warm.
It may take several years of growth before you see any fruit but it
is a fun experiment, nonetheless.
What to Look for When Buying an Avocado:
Avocados should be unblemished with no black spots. If gently
pressed it should be slightly soft. Too soft means it is overripe.
Often times you can buy avocados that are harder to the touch and
ripen them at home for several days.
Avocado Storage Tips:
Once cut, avocados will darken quickly. Sprinkle with lemon juice
and serve immediately.
How to Cook an Avocado:
Avocados are eaten raw in salads, sandwiches or used in dips. To
open an avocado cut down lengthwise through the skin. Scoop out the
fruit with a spoon.
The avocado will brown quickly so sprinkle the cut fruit with lemon
juice and serve immediately.
Avocado Nutrition Facts:
One serving size of avocado is 1/4 cup, sliced. Avocados are a great
source for omega- 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
and fiber. Eating avocados on a regular basis helps develop strong
hair, nails and healthy skin.
Quick and Simple Guacamole
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 chopped tomato or desired amount of salsa
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mash avocados and add remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla
2 large ripe avocados, pitted
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
3 T. fresh lime juice
2 T. fresh cilantro, minced
½ medium jalapeño, finely diced
Sea salt and black pepper
Mash the avocado in a small glass bowl. Add tomato, lime juice,
fresh cilantro, and jalapeño. Season with salt and black pepper, to
taste, and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
Tuna Avocado Boats
1 can of tuna
2-3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
toppings such as chopped onions, sliced cherry tomatoes,
chopped celery, chopped pickles
Prepare your tuna salad by mixing drained tuna and mayonnaise
together until well combined.
Cut avocados in half and gently scoop out the flesh with the spoon
trying to keep the half in tact. Using a knife, gently insert the
blade of the knife into the pit of the avocado and twist the pit
Drizzle with lemon juice. Scoop tuna salad into a avocado half. Add
toppings of your choice such as chopped onions, sliced cherry
tomatoes, chopped celery, chopped pickles or whatever you'd like.
Serve immediately. See more tuna salad sandwich recipes.