by Daisy Dao
It goes without saying that the world has fallen in love with the deliciousness of avocados. This fruit is not only great for your tastebuds, but it’s extremely good for you, as well. If you haven’t tried this infamous fruit before, then you’re definitely missing out on some pretty incredible benefits. If you’re thinking about trying avocado for the first time, but you’ve always been a bit hesitant, then you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn about some of the benefits of avocado, how to store it, and some irresistible ways to eat it!
It seems like in the past few years avocados have become a bit of a fad. While that’s normally a silly thing to get wrapped up in, there are several reasons why you should jump onto the avocado bandwagon as soon as possible.
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, there are plenty of benefits in just one serving of avocado, which is approximately ⅕ of an avocado. Avocados are rich in vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, and magnesium. There’s also a generous amount of lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids included in avocados.
In just one ounce of avocado, you can find 25 milligrams of a natural plant sterol known as beta-sitosterol. There is evidence that suggests that regular consumption of beta-sitosterol can help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, which obviously directly affects the health of your heart.
Because avocados contain lutein and another phytochemical known as zeaxanthin, avocados can help provide antioxidant protection to help minimize damage to the eyes, especially damage caused by ultraviolet light. Also, thanks to monounsaturated fatty acids in avocados, which support the absorption of other beneficial fat-soluble antioxidants, eating this fruit regularly can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
Now that you understand just a few of the magical benefits of this fruit, let’s talk about how to pick out the perfect avocado and what to do with it once you get it home from the grocery store.
If you’ve never bought an avocado before, then you most likely don’t know what you should be looking for. Even people who have been eating avocado for years may not know how to truly pick out the best avocado in the bunch. Follow these simple steps and you should have no problem finding a delicious avocado!
When you go to the grocery store you’ll notice that avocados come in a variety of different shades of green. The ones that are ripe will look almost black with hints of green throughout them. If you’re planning on using the avocado as soon as you get home, then you should go with the dark ones. If you plan on using it over the course of a few days, then you should go with an avocado that is a bit lighter.
If the avocado looks ripe, you still want to feel it to make sure. Hold the avocado in the palm of your hand and squeeze it gently. An avocado that is ripe should give way to firm, but gentle pressure, but it should never be too soft or mushy. Follow these simple tips on buying a ripe avocado:
While you’re looking at the color of the avocado, you should also investigate the texture of the skin. The skin of the avocado should be slightly pebbled, but there shouldn’t be any large indentations. This is a sign that the fruit on the inside has been bruised.
To make sure that the inside of the avocado is ripe and creamy, you’ll want to peel back the small stem at the top. The avocado is good to buy if the area underneath the stem is green. If it’s brown, then the avocado is too ripe and should be left alone.
Now that you have a better understanding of how to buy the perfect avocado, let’s take some time to talk about what you should do with the avocado when you get it home.
There really isn’t too much that goes into storing avocados, but there are important factors to take into consideration.
If you decide to purchase an avocado that isn’t ripe yet, then you would want to leave it on your counter for four to five days. If you would like it to ripen more quickly, then you can put it into a paper bag with an apple or a banana. These fruits release ethylene gas, which helps to ripen the avocado in just two to three days. Make sure that you keep the bag out of direct sunlight at all times, and test the avocados for their ripeness before you eat them.
You don’t necessarily have to store avocados in the refrigerator, but there are times when it’s a good idea to do so.
You see, there really isn’t too much that goes into buying or storing avocados. Now that you understand that it’s not really a big deal, let’s get to a delicious recipe for you to try!
For the Pickles:
1. Put the vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and 2 cups of water into a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil.
1. Using a whisk. stir the buttermilk, yogurt, lemon juice, and 3 tbsp oil in a large bowl. Stir together until the mixture is smooth. Make sure to season it with salt and pepper.
There you have it! A brand new knowledge of avocados and a great recipe to jumpstart your journey in the delicious realm of avocados! Now, get to the grocery store and try out your new skills, you won’t be disappointed!
About Daisy Dao
Daisy grew up on the beautiful Honolulu island where she often found herself spending most of her day enjoying the ocean scent in sea waves. As such, Daisy came to appreciate the art of cooking seafood. She has experimented with baking, roasting, broiling, poaching, grilling (and every other cooking technique you can think of); and with all kinds of spices too. Now she is ready to present her experience: the art of cooking healthy food without any pre-packaged ingredients; food product recommendations for people who need a bit more guidance on what goes into their bodies; how to maintain an active lifestyle without having to give up your favorite foods!