Friday, May 17, 2013

Avocados are a fruit ..

Avocados are a fruit that grows on a tree and can be technically classified as a berry. This staple fruit is also called Alligator pear, Aguacate, or Butter pear. The Avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Central Mexico.
The oldest evidence of avocado use was found in a cave located in Coxcatlán, Puebla, Mexico, that dates to around 10,000 BC.
Avocado or alligator pear also refers to the fruit (botanically a large berry that contains a single seed of the tree. They have a green-skinned, fleshy body that may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical.
The avocado is a climacteric fruit (the banana is another), which means it matures on the tree, but ripens off the tree.
Avocados must be mature to ripen properly. Avocados that fall off the tree ripen on the ground. Once picked, avocados ripen in a few days at room temperature n faster if stored with other fruits such as apples or bananas.
It is used in both savory and sweet dishes, n is very popular in vegetarian cuisine, as substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content.
It is used as the base for the Mexican dip known as guacamole, as well as a spread on corn tortillas or toast, served with spices.
In Ethiopia, avocados are made into juice by mixing them with sugar and milk or water, usually served with Vimto and a slice of lemon.
In Indonesia, a dessert drink is made with sugar, milk or water, and pureed avocado.
In Australia and New Zealand, it is commonly served in sandwiches, sushi, on toast, or with chicken.
Avocados are also excellent sources of minerals like iron, copper, magnesium, and manganese. Fresh avocado pear is a very rich source of potassium.
Also good in many health-benefiting vitamins like Vitamin A, E, and K. Ripe avocado have a delicate nutty flavor and butter like taste.
Cut the fruit lengthwise at its center all the way around the seed. Then rotate or twist the two halves in opposite directions.
Remove the seed using a spoon. Scoop the pulp.
Use it to butter your toasts and sandwiches.
Avocado butter spreads evenly, which is tasty, and nutritious too!
You can spice it up with herbs and toppings of your choice.
Avocado tastes good in smoothies, salads, ice creams, and as dips also. When the fruit is ripe, the outer covering feels soft. Even if the fruit has a hard outer covering, it will ripen if wrapped in a newspaper sheet.

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