It is green or purple on the outside. It is egg-shaped, pear-shaped or spherical. Inside, you will find yellow-green creamy flesh and there’s a big seed called “pit” or “stone.” It is a fruit that originated in Mexico but is loved by many around the world. There are many ways you can prepare this fruit. It is packed with nutrients that will sure make one healthy. Some call it an “alligator pear” because of its green and bumpy skin. Others call it the “butter fruit.” It is the avocado.
How to Eat An Avocado
For those who are unfamiliar about how to open an avocado, it’s just simple. Get a knife and cut the avocado lengthwise in half (do not cut the seed). When you open up the avocado, the seed will stick to one side. To remove the seed, some strike the seed with a knife and then pull the seed out with it. Others use the pointed edge of the knife to pry the seed out. If you opt to use a knife, use a cloth while holding the avocado to protect your hand. A better option can be to just use a spoon to pry the pit out. This way, you can avoid cutting your hand.
Once you’re done with that, you can prepare the avocado for whatever you want to use it for. Using the knife cut the avocado flesh using a cross-hatch pattern. Then scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
There are so many ways how to eat avocado. If you just want to keep it simple, you can just add sea salt and black pepper. If want more on the sour side, add lemon or lime juice. Add avocado to your sandwich and take your sandwich to a whole new level. Instead of butter or mayonnaise, you can use avocado for your breads as a healthy option. You can add it to your salads, too. Another very famous way to prepare avocado is to make it into guacamole. Add onion, garlic, tomatoes, cheese, chilies, cilantro, lime juice, and salt to your avocado and you’ve got some yummy guacamole. The only thing missing are the chips! Avocados are usually eaten raw but if you want to try cooked avocado, you can turn it into soup. Use heavy cream, some broth, salt and lime juice and you have a hearty soup. Another way to eat avocado is as a dessert. Yes, you read that right! Many Asian countries prepare avocado as a sweet treat. Add condensed milk and serve it with ice for a cool way to end your avocado meal.
Avocado Health Benefits
Some call it a superfood which contains about 20 vitamins and minerals. Here are some avocado health benefits.
Avocado is one of the fattiest plant foods available. But it is not the fat that we don’t like, it contains healthy fats called oleic acid also found in olive oil. This type of fat is good for the heart.
Avocados are rich in potassium. If you’re not a fan of bananas and you need potassium in your body, avocados are the way to go. This can help you reduce blood pressure as well as kidney failure.
Because avocados are rich in fiber, it is suitable for weight loss as well as good metabolism. Avocados are also rich in anti-oxidants like lutein which are good for your eyes. When you eat avocado, you also increase anti-oxidant absorption. The Vitamin K in avocados helps you have healthier bones. If you have arthritis, eat avocado – many studies have shown that eating avocado can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. The folate in avocados reduces the risk of depression.
Avocado and diabetes can be related to each other. The good fat found in avocados is beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes. Avocados are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber. Because of the latter, the fruit doesn’t spike blood sugar. The healthy fat makes one feel full longer so one doesn’t eat more which may lead to losing weight and losing weight can increase insulin sensitivity.
As healthy as avocado is, there may be some disadvantages to eating it as well. If you are breastfeeding, it is best to avoid avocado as it reduces milk production. If the mother eats too much avocado, they baby might also have an upset stomach. You may also have allergies when you eat avocado like itchy mouth and swelling tongue.
There might be bad things about avocado, but the key is to eat it in moderation. Too much of something is not really good for the health.
If you want to grow your own avocados you can. Growing avocados can be easy. Remove the pit from the avocado fruit. Don’t remove the brown skin because that’s the seed cover. Look for the bottom part which is flat and where the roots will grow; and for the top part which is more elongated and where the sprout will come out. Get four toothpicks and stick them on the seed at a slightly downward angle. Submerge the seed halfway in a clear glass of water. Put the glass where there’s sunlight. You would have to wait for 2-4 weeks, changing the water every week or so. When the sprout has grown to 6-7 inches, you would need to cut it back to 3 inches and let it grow to 6-7 inches again then you can transfer it to a pot with soil. Water it often and wait for the fruits.
How to Ripen Avocados
You can wait for your avocado trees to bear fruit but it will take years though. So while waiting, you can go to the grocery store and get some more avocados (you can plant more seeds after you’re done eating the avocados). If the avocados you find are still unripe here’s how to ripen avocados. You can just put it on the fruit tray and place it where the sun can reach it and wait for about two days. If you need the avocados sooner than that, you can ripen them faster by putting about two or three fruits in a brown paper bag. It needs to be closed and stored at room temperature. You can put an apple or banana in the bag as well – the ethylene in the ripe fruits can help the avocados ripen even faster. Remember, do not microwave the avocado – it won’t turn out good. You will know that the avocado is already ripe if the stem comes off easily and the skin underneath is green. The avocado will also feel firm and soft but not squishy. When you’ve picked your ripe avocado, it’s time to dig in.