AVOCADO : THE BUTTER-FRUIT (and better fruit ;)
While everyone knows that avocado made with guacamole is the perfect mix to dip your nachos in, it's sometimes hard to come up with other ideas to make the most of this engaging fruit. However, the avocado is not limited to accompanying the chips: it is the health asset of starters! Find out in our article how avocado is good for you, how to buy a avocado and how to keep it… and various other tips.
Good for health despite high fat content
Avocado is not a vegetable (you will be forgiven if you thought so) but a fruit that belongs to the laurel family, alongside its cousins like cinnamon and camphor. Its high fat content may be at the root of its nickname "butter-fruit", but does not mean avoiding these pear-shaped wonders.
Actually, the fat in avocados is unsaturated and therefore very good for your health. Avocados are great for people with high cholesterol because they don't contain the slightest trace of cholesterol. On the contrary, if eaten perfectly ripe, they can even help lower cholesterol levels. Not to mention that they contain many essential vitamins, such as vitamins A, B, C and E, and are rich in potassium, calcium and iron.
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So you have very good reasons to succumb to avocado and your body will thank you!
Not all avocados are the same
As with many fruits and vegetables, there are various varieties of avocado that differ in appearance, firmness and taste. The most famous varieties are "Fuerte" and "Hass".
Here is a quick explanation of their differences:
Hass avocados :
- Rather small and oval in shape
- Intense taste of hazelnut
- Thick, purplish-black skin with unequal texture
Fuerte avocado :
- Pear shaped and with a collar
- Light and creamy taste
- Smooth, green skin
When is an avocado good for consumption? Some advice about maturity…
Everyone who has already bought an avocado have already asked himself: how do you know if it is ripe? There is no simple answer to this question because it all depends on the variety.
Take for example the lawyers Fuerte and Hass:
- If you decide to buy a Hass avocado, remember this: when the avocado matures, its color changes from green to black. Ripe fruit will be slightly soft if pressed, and if the avocado is wrinkled, it is too ripe.
Another piece of advice: it is best not to buy a Hass avocado that is already black, because you have no way of knowing how long it has been this color, and it may already be too ripe!
Unlike Hass, you can tell if a Fuerte avocado is ripe by looking at it. As soon as black areas appear on the green skin, the fruit is too ripe and no longer edible. Never let a Fuerte avocado darken!
Besides these two most famous varieties, we find in Central Europe the following varieties: Bacon, Ettinger, Pinkerton, Reed and Ryan.
The same maturity test applies to all these varieties: take an avocado and if it is slightly soft when pressed, it is ready to eat. Whether ripe or not, all of these varieties have a green skin to begin with!
So now you know everything about the butter-fruit, we propose you to read this article the benefits of avocados!