Avocado can be eaten as is, mixed with other fruits, as salad, a shake, baked in breads and even made into a dip. In the Philippines, ripe avocado is often eaten as a snack by scooping from flesh from the skin then mixed with a some sugar and milk or cream. It is simply delicious!
Avocado is a fruit and a tree. It often said to be the most nutritious fruit in the world. Avocado provides more than 25 essential nutrients such as protein, potassium, vitamin E, C, B-vitamins, folic acid, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, just to name a few. Avocado also provides calories for energy and beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein.
Avocado Plant Tip: The tips of avocado plants tend to attract aphids and mealybugs. Dip a Q-Tip in vodka to remove the pests.
Some of the following tips are from the California Avocado Commission...
- Avocados are sodium and cholesterol free and have only five grams of fat per serving, most of it the monounsaturated kind.
- Avocados were once a luxury food reserved for the tables of royalty, but now California avocados are enjoyed around the world by people from all walks of life.
- Brazilians add avocados to ice cream
- Filipinos puree avocados with sugar and milk for a dessert drink.
- Latin Americans wrap avocados up and give them as wedding gifts.
- The avocado is also called an Alligator Pear because of its pear-like shape and green skin.
- About 43 percent of all U.S. households buy avocados.
- Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family.
- Avocados ripen quickly when placed in a brown paper bag and set in a warm place.
- Of the fruits more commonly eaten raw, the avocado has the most nutritional value, with 741 calories per edible pound, 2.2 percent protein and vitamins C and E.
- Avocados have a higher fat content than most other vegetables, but are still a good source of protein.
- Avocados of the Florida type (Trapp Type) are not recommended for persons watching their fat intake. They contain 22.1 percent palmitic acid. The California type (Fuerte Type) has only 9.1 percent palmitic acid.
- California avocados that are picked in November to March have one-third less fat than those picked September and October. They are less mature and have only 2 grams of fat compared to six grams of fat.
- Another method of ripening avocados is to place them in a plastic bag with a piece of banana peel.
- Placing the pit of an avocado in freshly made guacamole prevents the dip from turning brown. Leaving the pit in a guacamole dip will not keep the dip from turning black. The only area that won't turn black is the area under the pit which protects the dip from oxygen and the color change.
- Avocados will not ripen if placed in the refrigerator.
- To ripen avocados quickly, place them into a wool sock, then set them in a dark place.
- Ripe avocados should be stored in the refrigerator for longer life.
- An avocado is ripe when it gives slightly to the touch.
- The fat in avocados is mostly monounsaturated, which is one of the fats most preferred by the body.
Avocado for Skin & Hair Care
- Beat under eye baggage. If you have dark and puffy eyes, banish them with the power of avocado. Crush up some avocado into a pulp and dab it under your eyes. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing. You can even cut slices of avocado and wear them on your eyes as you would cucumber slices.
- Make your hair shine. Make a concoction of avocado and extra virgin olive oil. Just mix one avocado and a few teaspoons of olive oil and apply it to your hair. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing with cool water. You should notice instance moisture and shine.
- Get smoother skin. Make your own skin exfoliation cream by mixing one avocado and a few tablespoons of oatmeal in a bowl. Add a squirt of lemon juice if you wish. Rub it in a circular motion onto your skin and rinse. You will notice smoother, cleaner skin.
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