Did you know that...
Avocados have been cultivated since 8000 BC.
They are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA'S), which aid in lowering bad cholesterol.
They promote good digestion & improve liver health.
They are very high in fibre + protein which help with controlling blood sugar levels.
They are very high in Potassium (35% more Potassium of a banana) which assist in controlling high blood pressure.
Their vitamin K content promotes healthy bones.
They contain anti-inflammatory properties, which may help in reducing pain in arthritis.
They are rich in beneficial anti-oxidant carotenoids which provide many skin benefits.
They contain lutein, which promotes eye health.
When combined with lycopene-rich foods, such as tomatoes, the fat in the avocado helps the body absorb 7X more lycopene.
Although they are a high calorie + high fat fruit, the oleic acid, a compound in avocados' healthy monounsaturated fats, may trigger the body to actually quiet hunger, which may help with weight loss.
How to pick them...
To make sure you're taking home an avocado that's green without brown spots, make sure to check under the stem. All you have to do is peel back the stem at the top of the avocado and if it comes out easily and you find green underneath, then it's a good avocado. If you pull back the stem and find brown underneath it, the avocado is overripe, and you will likely find brown spots inside it too.
How to store them...
After you cut it, the best way to keep it green and fresh for a little while is to squeeze some lemon juice over it. However, to keep it for longer, try placing it in a small airtight container together with a cut-up onion and keep it refrigerated. The sulfur compounds released by the onion will help keep the avocado from turning brown for a few days. This will also work when you make guacamole. Just scatter some chopped onions on top of your favourite guacamole recipe, cover and refrigerate.
How to eat them...
They are so versatile. You can add them to salads, sandwiches, soups, ice cream, smoothies, sauces, baked goods and... practically everything! Try some toasted rye bread with avocado slices drizzled with lemon juice and sprinkled with black sesame seeds. Spread it on toast and top it with a poached egg or smoked salmon. Cut it in half, de-pit and stuff with an egg, sprinkle salt and pepper and bake it. But if you want to be REALLY adventurous, you can just scoop it out with a spoon, add some lemon juice, a touch of cayenne pepper and ... (sigh).
What's your favourite way to enjoy avocados?