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My first encounter with Avocado was some years ago, before creating a blog and at a time when the internet connections were slow and we paid by the hour when connected, so information was not easily accessible.  I don’t even remember what I did with it but I remember we did not like it.

A few weeks ago when I went to the supermarket and I saw the avocados I wanted to give this another try.

I google searched it and read all about it.  Was it a fruit or a vegetable?  How many varieties are there?  Where did it come from?  How healthy is it?

From what I read I came to the conclusion that avocado is a fruit and a vegetable, just like the tomato is, although avocado can be used both in a main course but also as a dessert.  Another reason I have come to this conclusion is because it contains a seed.  Vegetables usually form their seed when their productive cycle has ended.

It is very high in monosaturates, which means the oil content of avocados comes second  after olives among fruits.  Clinical studies have shown that avocado oil can promote a healthy blood flow, reduce blood cholesterol and  better circulation makes for better brain function.   It is also used in cosmetics for its anti-aging and other properties.

This fruit which originated from South Mexico (although) it was also cultivated up to the Central Peru before the invasion of the Europeans is now cultivated in many other countries as well.  In Greece avocado is mainly cultivated in Crete, Chania and the largest part of the volumes was sold in the Greek market and the exported volumes destined for European countries were limited.  However, the production is increasing annually due to a large demand from the European countries and a better profit made than olives.  The  varieties cultivated in Greece are about 85% of that share is held by the Fuerte variety, 9% is held by Hass and 6% by Zutano.

After learning more about this fruit I decided to make Guacamole following a video I watched and giving it my own twist.

I must say that it was delicious.  It was so creamy that my husband asked me if I had added mayonnaise in it.

Here are a few tips how to cut Avocados:

  • The avocado should be ripe.
  • Cut the avocado in half, lengthwise around the seed
  • Turn the two halves to separate
  • Remove the seed, using a spoon but don’t throw it away.  It help prevent your dish from browning.
  • If the avocado is ripe you can remove the skin with your fingers or use a knife
  • Or scoop the fruit away from the skin with a spoon
  • Squeeze lemon or lime juice to keep the fruit from browning
  • Guacamole – Vegan Recipe adapted from Chef Jason Hill

    Preparation time:  15 minutes

    Ingredients:

    1

    ripe

    Avocado

    1

    large

    Tomato peeled and cubed

    1

    small

    Onion, sliced

    1/2

    cup

    Parsley, finely chopped

    1

    Lemon, juiced

    3

    Tsp

    Olive oil

    1/2

    Tsp

    Salt

    Freshly ground black pepper

    4

    small

    Pepperoncini, deseeded and finely cut

Directions

Cut all the vegetables and leave the avocado last as it will brown.

Add, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper and with a fork mash the avocado and mix the salad.

I am sending this recipe to Harini, of Tongue Ticklers, who is hosting the event Recipes for the rest of us:  Starters.


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sunshinemom

Wednesday 6th of May 2009

I am still in the initial stage you were in! I tried avocados twice and haven't developed an affinity as yet....but I am trying:). Thank you very much for sending this to RFRU-Starters!

Divya Vikram

Friday 10th of April 2009

I just love guacamole. healty dip!

Abigail

Thursday 9th of April 2009

I LOVE guacamole! Sometimes, if I can get it, I use lime juice instead of lemon. Man, I could eat this stuff all day! Yours looks so good - it's making me crave it!

Bobby

Thursday 9th of April 2009

Funny you should post this. I was wondering how guacamole was made the other day when I couldn't find any at the store. Looks great, I will have to give this a try.

Bobby’s last blog post..Calzones Recipe

Peter

Wednesday 8th of April 2009

I adore avocados and guacamole as well. Good for snacks and...try avocados to make a Lenten caesar dressing!

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