Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A IS FOR AVOCADO

Avocados are good for your brain, eyes, and for restoring muscles.  Avocados fight aging, cancer, and heart disease.  If you have bad cholesterol numbers or trouble absorbing vitamins, avocados are the fruit for you. High blood pressure?  Avocados might help. 

Avocados are particularly high in folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C and pretty high in lots of other nutrients.  They're also an excellent plant source of protein.  

Since you eat them raw, avocados are easy to consume.  Cut one in half,  leave it in the skin, lightly salt the flesh, maybe squeeze some lemon or lime on it, and eat it with a spoon. The skin makes a fine bowl.  When I was a kid, I thought that was the coolest lunch.  

Like apples, avocados begin turning brown almost as soon as their skin is removed, so don't start cutting until you're ready to serve.  If you want to try to save an avocado after it's cut, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the frig. 
 
Easy ways to use avocado is chopped in salad or on sandwiches or as a standalone side dish, or spread avocado on a sandwich as a mayonnaise substitute.
   
There are many recipes for guacamole (mashed avocado dip) on the internet, but just mashing an avocado with some jarred salsa makes a fast, impressive condiment. 
 
Buy avocados hard and store them in the refrigerator until 2 or 3 days before you want to use them.  Let them ripen at room temp or put them in a bag with an apple for quicker ripening.    

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