In this article, I’ll show you additional ways on how to eat avocado in different ways, while reaping the benefits.
Avocado is the most popular fruit in the US, and for good reason; it’s nutritious and delicious. But how often do you get creative with avocados? I mean, in addition to making guacamole?
What is avocado?
Avocado is a fruit that is grown in tropical climates. The avocado tree is native to Mexico and Central America, and the fruit was first introduced to the United States in the early 1830s.
In terms of appearance, avocado is a pear-shaped fruit with green or blackish skin.
Its flesh is yellowish-green and has a buttery texture. Avocados are often used in salads, sauces, and as a spread on toast.
When it comes to nutrients, avocados are a good source of vitamins C, E, and K. They also contain antioxidants, fiber, and monounsaturated fats.
These nutrients can help protect your body from disease and improve your overall health. Eating avocados can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. They’re also linked to lower cholesterol levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
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Types of avocado
There are many different types of avocado, but the three most common are the Fuerte, Haas, and Reed.
1. Haas avocado
This type is pear-shaped with greenish-black skin. It has a creamy texture and a nutty flavor, and it’s the most popular type. The Haas avocado is also the most expensive type of avocado.
2. Fuerte avocado
Fuerte is less popular than the Haas, but it is still a good choice for those who want a creamy texture and a mild flavor.
The Fuerte avocado is perfect for making guacamole, as its mild flavor allows the other ingredients to shine through.
It can also be used in salads, sandwiches, and as a topping for tacos or burritos. The Fuerte avocado is less expensive than the Haas.
3. Reed avocado
The Reed avocado is round in shape and is the largest and heaviest variety of avocados, weighing anywhere from 8 to 18 ounces.
The skin of the reed avocado is thick and green, with a slightly bumpy texture. The flesh of the fruit is creamy and white, with a rich, nutty flavor.
This variety of avocado is also known for its high-fat content.
How to tell if an avocado is ripe?
When it comes to picking ripe avocado, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
- First, you want to make sure that the avocado is firm but not too hard.
- You should also be able to gently press into the flesh of the avocado with your thumb. If the avocado is too soft, it will be overripe; if it’s too hard, it will be underripe.
- Another thing to look for is the color of the skin.
- Ripe avocados are typically a dark green or black color. If the avocado is brown or has spots, it’s probably overripe.
- Finally, take a sniff of the stem end of the fruit. If it smells sour or rancid, it’s past its prime.
How to cut an avocado?
- Before cutting and peeling an avocado, it is important to wash the fruit.
- Start by cutting the avocado in half length-wise. You can do this by slicing into the avocado until you hit the pit, then rotating the avocado and slicing it in half again.
- Once the avocado is cut in half, twist each half to separate them from the pit.
- To remove the pit, you can use a spoon to scoop it out or strike the pit with a sharp knife and twist it to release it from the avocado.
- Now that the pit is removed start peeling off the skin of the avocado. The skin should come off easily, but if it doesn’t, you can use a paring knife to help loosen it.
- Once the skin is removed, your avocado is ready to be used! You can now cut it into slices or cubes as desired.
How to store whole avocado?
It’s crucial to store avocados properly to ensure that they do not spoil quickly. Here are some tips on how to store an avocado:
- Place avocados in a cool, dry place. If they are stored in a warm environment, they will ripen too quickly and become mushy
- Wash your avocado and keep them on a towel until dry before storage
- If you need to speed up the ripening process, place the avocado in a paper bag with a banana or apple. The ethylene gas emitted by these fruits will help the avocado ripen faster.
- If you want to keep an avocado fresh for as long as possible, make sure to keep it away from other fruits and vegetables, as they will cause it to ripen faster.
- Also, don’t cut into the avocado until you’re ready to eat it; once it’s been cut open, it will start to brown and go bad quickly.
- Finally, if you’re not planning on eating the avocado right away, store it in an airtight container or plastic bag with the pit still intact; this will help it stay fresh for longer.
How to store cut avocado?
Assuming you have already cut your avocado, there are a few different ways you can store it.
One way is to sprinkle some lemon juice then store it in an airtight container or plastic rub then store it in the fridge for two to three days.
Another method is to submerge it in water. Fill a plastic or glass container nearly full with water. Place the avocado in water with the cut side facing down. Cover and store in the fridge for two days.
If you’re not eating your leftover avocado soon or if you have several of them, consider freezing.
How to freeze avocado
If you find yourself with an excess of avocados, or if you want to take advantage of a sale at the grocery store, you can easily freeze them for future use. Here’s how to do it:
- First, wash the avocados and remove the pit. Cut the fruit into small pieces and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for about 2 hours, or until solid.
- Once frozen, transfer the avocado pieces to a freezer-safe bag or container. Label with the date and return to the freezer. When you’re ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before using in your favorite recipe.
- However, the taste of thawed avocado may not be the same as its fresh counterpart, but in terms of nutrients, they sure will be intact.
How to eat avocado? 9 exciting ways!
In Florida, we always gets lots of avocado for very cheap when they are in season. While most people have had avocados when they are made into guacamole and enjoy them, this can get boring after a few times.
So what else can you do with this savory and nutritious fruit?
1. Eat avocado as is, with just a little salt or pepper
If you’re looking for a simple, delicious way to enjoy avocado, look no further than this easy recipe. All you need is an avocado, a little salt or pepper (or both!), and you’re good to go. This is a great option if you’re looking for a quick snack or side dish, and it’s also a healthy choice.
Simply cut the avocado, and sprinkle the salt and pepper. Also try adding a little squeeze of lime or lemon! Scoop with a spoon and enjoy.
2. Add avocado to a salad
When it comes to salads, there’s no denying that avocado makes a great addition.
Not only does it add a creamy texture and rich flavor, but it also provides a boost of healthy fats and nutrients.
If you’re looking to add avocado to a salad, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
When choosing an avocado to add to your salads, opt for one that is firm but yielding to the touch. You don’t want it to be too soft or too hard.
To add avocado to a salad, add cubed or sliced avocado to your desired amount.
You can also add other healthy ingredients like diced tomatoes, onions, or peppers for extra flavor and nutrition.
Add salt just before serving, as it can draw water from the avocado and cause your salad to get watery.
3. Make an avocado smoothie
Assuming you have a blender and all the necessary ingredients, making an avocado smoothie is pretty straightforward:
- Start by adding your liquid to the blender. This could be water or nut milk. If you want a sweeter smoothie, add in some honey or maple syrup at this time as well.
- Next, add in your avocado. You can use either one large avocado or two small avocados.
- Add any other desired fruits or vegetables. Common additions include bananas, berries, spinach, and kale.
- Finally, blend everything together.
- Add the liquid if too thick until it reaches your desired consistency
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
4. Spread avocado on toast
It’s the perfect breakfast for when you want something healthy and filling, but don’t have a lot of time to cook. Just spread some avocado on toast, and you’re good to go!
Avocado toast is one of the simplest yet most delicious breakfast foods out there.
It’s packed with healthy fats and fiber, so it will keep you full until lunchtime. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be customized to your liking.
If you’re feeling fancy, you can add some toppings like diced tomatoes and even sprinkle some pepper flakes.
5. Add avocado to a sandwich or wrap
Adding avocado to a sandwich or wrap is a great way to add some healthy fats and extra flavor to your meal.
Avocado can be used in place of mayo or as a spread, and it pairs well with both savory and sweet flavors.
If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your sandwiches and wraps, give avocado a try!
Try it in this BBQ Jackfruit Wrap.
6. Dice avocado and add to cooked rice or quinoa
Adding diced avocado to rice or quinoa is a great way to boost the nutrient and flavor profile of these staples.
Avocados are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and they can help make these dishes more filling and satisfying.
7. Add avocado to a veggie burger
When it comes to veggie burgers, avocado is a great addition. Avocado adds creaminess and depth of flavor to a veggie burger, making it more satisfying and delicious.
Plus, avocado is a good source of healthy fats and fiber, which can help you feel fuller longer.
Here’s how to add avocado to a veggie burger:
Start by spreading some avocado onto the bun or bread of your veggie burger. Then, add your favorite veggies, such as lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles.
If you’re using a store-bought veggie burger patty, be sure to cook it according to the instructions on the package.
Once your patty is cooked, place it on the bun and top it with additional avocado slices, if desired. Enjoy!
Also, try the pictured Ultimate Veggie Burger!
8. Roast diced avocado and use as a topping for soup or chili
If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy way to top off your soup or chili, look no further than roasted diced avocado!
This simple yet flavorful topping is packed with nutrients, making it a great choice for those looking to add a little extra nutrition to their meal.
Plus, it’s easy to make and can be used in a variety of dishes. To roast diced avocado:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut one or two avocados into small cubes.
- Spread the avocado cubes on a baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
- Once the avocado is roasted, let it cool for a few minutes before adding it to your soup or chili. Enjoy!
9. Use avocado oil in cooking to add flavor and nutrients to recipes.
Avocado oil is a versatile cooking oil that can be used to add flavor and nutrients to recipes.
It has a high smoke point, so it can be used for high-heat cooking methods like stir-frying and sautéing.
Avocado oil is also a good source of monounsaturated fats, which are linked to health benefits like reduced risk of heart disease and improved blood sugar control.
To use avocado oil in cooking, simply substitute it for other oils in your recipe. For example, if a recipe calls for one tablespoon of olive oil, you can use one tablespoon of avocado oil instead.
Final tips on how to eat avocado:
Avocados are nutritious and delicious fruit that can be enjoyed in many different ways.
I hope the tips above have helped you discover new and exciting ways to enjoy this amazing fruit.
Whether you like your avocado plain or topped with all sorts of delicious toppings, there’s no doubt that they make a great addition to any meal. So go ahead and enjoy an avocado today!
More fresh produce tips:
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- How To Dry Basil
- Tips for Cutting Pineapple
- How To Cut Broccoli
- How to Freeze Green Beans
- Tips for Freezing Sweet Potato
- How to Eat a Mango
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