Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ode to Avocados

I love avocados. In fact, I love them almost as much as I love oats.
Powerful words, those.

Fun Avocado Facts
  • It is not, in fact, a vegetable. It's a fruit.
  • It's a good source of fiber, vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B5, potassium and vitamin B6.
  • Despite the fact that the average avocado contains roughly 30 grams of fat, approximately 66% of those fat grams are healthy monounsaturated fats.
  • Avocados will ripen faster in the presence apples or bananas due to the influence of ethylene gas.
  • Browning (oxidation) can be prevented by sprinkling a little bit of lemon juice on the cut sides. In things like my simple avocado dip below, you can prevent browning by fitting a piece of plastic wrap tight to the surface of the dip.
  • To check for ripeness, press gently against the avocado. If it gives a little under your finger, it's perfect. An under ripe avocado will feel like a rock, but can be ripened by putting it into a paper bag with some bananas. Overripe ones will feel extremely squishy.

Sarah's Simple Avocado Dip

1/2 of a ripe avocado
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lime juice
Pinch salt

1. Select a ripe avocado. Using a sharp knife, cut the side of the avocado until you feel the pit against the blade, then rotate the knife around the avocado, halving it.
2. Twist the avocado and pull the halves apart. Leaving the pit in, sprinkle that half with a little bit of lemon juice and store it covered in the fridge. It should last a few days.
3. Cut the other half in half again, leaving you with two quarters. Gently peel the skin off the quarters.
4. In a small food processor, combine the lime juice, salt and avocado. Pulse until smooth.
5. Enjoy the dip with crackers, chips or on top of a taco salad!

I'm always looking for new things to do with avocados, so if you've got some ideas leave a comment!