Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Avocado


Until it was pointed out to me last week I didn't realise how much avocado is consumed in our house. I don't think a week goes by without at least one recipe including it and there are always some sitting ripening in a bowl on the table or waiting patiently in the fridge......

So this got me really thinking about avocado's - it's OK  - I do understand that's a little bit weird but hey! that's me....

 - anyway as I said it got me thinking about where they come from, what else are they good for, new recipes etc etc.....

So after a quick bit of 'googling' I discovered that .........

(take a deep breath and.......)

   - the avocado is technically a fruit but it is usually treated as a vegetable in most countries. It originates from Mexico and is native to Central America. There are four main varieties - with Hass (see photo above) being the most popular one grown. It's sometimes known as a butter pear (because of it's buttery flesh) or as an alligator pear due to the textured skin. It's highly nutritious, contains vit E, Iron, niacin and potassium and is high in oils - but most of the oils are the good monosaturate type. As well as eating it you can also slather it on your skin as a face pack! Apparently Victoria Beckam swears by them...

         .....phew and breath!

I usually buy the hass variety at the local supermarket - I always by them unripe and as hard as bullets! I then store them in the fridge and bring them out to ripen usually two days before I want to use them. Sometimes I like to fill a large wooden bowl with them and have it on the kitchen counter more as decoration than ingredients......

From my reading I discovered that apparently avocado is used a lot in Indian food, something I was not aware of at all, so I'm going to investigate that and maybe share a few new recipes with you all later. In the meantime here are a few of the ways I like to use avocado in our house.....

 


Included with goats cheese on an open sandwich


In a classic guacamole - my very quick and easy recipe.....


Baked in a tart with sun blushed tomatoes and mozzarella


As simple burgers


and it's often added to salads.........

Have a good day. And try to resist the temptation of an avocado face mask! I would probably end up eating it!

Lizx