#atozchallenge: Avocado

I can remember a time when I thought avocado was a color, but I didn’t know why it was called that (I bought sink mats and a dish drain in avocado green). Times have changed so much that even if a person lives in a cold climate they probably have a grocery store that supplies them with avocados.  Otherwise, I assure you, there would not be a Mexican restaurant (guacamole) in Hayward, Wisconsin.

 

Avocados grow on trees, big ones.  You get a clue about this when you find a big, big seed inside your avocado.  A common science experiment in grade school is suspending an avocado seed over a glass of water (use toothpicks) and watching it split and start to grow. You will get a tree but it probably won’t have any avocados on it, ever.  Most fruiting trees come from grafted plants.

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/children/sprouting-avocado-pits-how-to-root-an-avocado-seed.htm

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My own avocado trees (ungrafted) grown from pits

If you love to eat Mexican food, you have eaten avocados. They call it guacamole and it’s wonderful. The ingredients are simple and you can mix up a batch in 10 minutes. Click here for a great recipe.

Mexico has the right climate for growing avocados, tropical or subtropical. South Florida is good too. My brother in the Miami area shared a whole grocery bag full of avocados with us this year. Mmm, buttery goodness, and yes, they are high in fat, but it’s the good kind of fat. The mono saturated fat in avocados can help with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.  They are cholesterol free, and can actually help reduce cholesterol.

Avocados are nutrient dense, containing nearly 20 different vitamins and antioxidants. They contribute fiber, folate, lutein, vitamins K, C, B6 and E, and magnesium.

Just when I thought I had put enough into this avocado post I came upon a video which I simply could not ignore.  I have not tried this recipe yet but it makes sense to me that a high fat fruit like avocado might make a good ingredient for ice cream. (Cream is a fat, you know) This is a non-dairy frozen dessert made of only three ingredients; coconut milk, avocado and agave nectar for sweetener.  Avocado ice cream, I can’t wait to test this one!

One reason I love avocados is that they make a simple no cook meal for me. Just cut one in half, add a little salt and pepper and eat. It even comes with its own bowl, the shell.  And they are very pretty inside. That’s why avocado green is still a color, just sayin’…

28 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Avocado

  1. I do not like guacamole, sadly. I’m not overly fond of the taste of avocados… I know they are really good for you though, so I eat them on occasion. I’d like to find some way to eat them I like!

  2. I love Avocados. The part of India I live in ,Bangalore, has naturally a lot of avocado trees and we usually use them mostly in smoothies. It helps fight cholesterol and it’s also called Butter Fruit may be cos of it’s rich creamy texture!

  3. Really interesting posts here, and I’m learning new things – makes me want to see this seed grow though, the closest we got to this in school was growing cress in an egg: it doesn’t seem as exciting 😉

  4. I know They say people either love avocados or hate them, but I’m more an avocados-are-okay-but-how-about-a-nice-Caesar-salad-or-clam-chowder kind of gal. Still, avocado ice cream looks tempting… 🙂

  5. I love avocados, I’m even planing to mention them in one of my posts. Your post is great and now I want an avocado sandwich! Yum! I think I love it mostly as an ingredient in sushi, though. ^^

  6. Ohmygoodness, I wrote my first post for the A to Z about avocados, but I wasn’t quite as. well, positive as you about them!
    We had many, many household items that were avocado green when I was growing up. Many.

    Dyanne from Backsies Is What There Is Not

  7. I love avocados! So it’s perfect that I live in California, where they are plentiful. 🙂

    Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge – looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  8. We all remember the bathrooms in this colour don’t we? If we didn’t have 1 then we knew someone who did.

    I love avocados, totally with you on the “instant meal” front too. My snack of choice after a day at work, often whilst I am waiting for the coffee to brew. Blessings Joy

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