Afternoon, blog world! I thought I’d do a post on one of my favorite foods, the avocado!
Also known as the Alligator Pear (hehe!), this delectable food is actually a fruit from the Persea Americana, a tall evergreen tree that can grow up to 65 feet in height.
Avocados are native to Central and South America and have been cultivated in these regions since 8,000 B.C.
Avocados are a good source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate and copper. Avocados are also a good source of potassium: they are higher in potassium than a medium banana.
Although they are fruits, avocados have a high fat content of between 71 to 88% of their total calories – about 20 times the average for other fruits. A typical avocado contains 30 grams of fat, but 20 of these fat grams are health-promoting monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid.
Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help to guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke.
information from World’s Healthiest Foods
And now, some yummy avocado recipes! From Avocado Central
InstructionsIn a large bowl, coarsely mash avocados and combine with lemon juice. Add the remaining ingredients to the avocado mixture, stirring until combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve with tortilla chips.
Mango, Papaya, and Avocado Salsa
1. Mix all ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Enjoy this tree!!
I like avocado slices on sandwiches, and I love love love to mash it up simply with some sea salt and lemon juice and make my own simple guacamole.
What is your favorite way to enjoy an avocado?