Knowing a Fruit - Avocado


We would deviate a little from recipes and cooking to enter into the world of fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. Lets admit that these are very much an essential to our everyday cooking and consumption. I would introduce each fruit, vegetable and the likes in posts which will be titles "Knowing a fruit", "Knowing a vegetable", etc., This will be a series of posts having inputs about ingredients. Starting off this type of posts, we will introduce Avocado


What is an Avocado?

Avocado or Butter fruit is a complete food with many essential nutrients like proteins, vitamin E, C, B, folic acid, iron, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. It has no cholesterol and is sodium free. Avocado shake with milk and sugar is a famous drink. It can be used to make salads, shakes, sandwitches etc.


Types of Avocados
The two most widely marketed avocado varieties are the rough-skinned, almost black Hass and the smooth, thin-skinned green Fuerte. The Hass has a smaller pit and a more buttery texture than the Fuerte.


Purchasing & Using Avocadoes
Avocados must be used when fully ripe. They do not ripen on the tree and are rarely found ripe in markets. Fresh avocados are almost always shipped in an unripe condition.
To test for ripeness by cradling an avocado gently in your hand. Ripe fruit will yield will be firm, yet will yield to gentle pressure. If pressing leaves a dent, the avocado is very ripe and suitable for mashing. They are best served at room temperature.


How to ripen Avocados?

To ripen avocados slowly, put them in the fruit bin of your refrigerator (no apples please, that would be mixed signals). Avocados can be kept for up to two weeks this way. They will ripening very slowly, so when you take them out of the refrigerator they will be ready to eat in a couple of days.
To ripen an avocado faster, place in a brown paper bag and set in your oven with only the oven light on.
Once avocados are at a desired stage of ripeness, they may be refrigerated for up to 2 to 3 days


An avocado is a wonderful fruit and can be used to make various items out of it. We will see some food items that can be prepared using avocados in the posts to come.

1 comments:

Marsha on July 16, 2008 at 11:00 PM said...

hello :) didnt know u were a foodie... so am i... was considering doing a food blog actually but decided that was too much work! :) good job with the blog... do visit mine and comment and browse... take care!

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