All about avocado’s
and your avocadon’ts
What is an avocado?
The avocado actually is the tree, famous for the fruit it produces: the avocado pear. The fruit is usually pear-shaped and its colour varies from green to dark brown or even purple depending on variety and ripeness.
So, where does it come from?
The main production country for avocado is Mexico, especially in the area Uruapan. Also Brazil, Chile, Israel, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, Spain and the United States are large producing countries.
What does it taste like?
Who hasn’t tried the avocado in whatever way? Its creamy, nutty taste compliments salads, salmon sandwiches and guacamole. It can also be spooned out with a little salt and pepper.
How is it grown?
The avocado is an up to 20 meter high tree, sensitive for too cold circumstances. Its fruits are very nutritious as they contain high levels of oil (5 to 20 grams per 100 grams pulp). The oil mainly consists of unsaturated fats, which influence cholesterol levels positively.
How do yo keep them fresh?
Keep the avocado in a sheltered place between 12 and 15 degrees Celsius. That way they ripen themselves and remain tasty. Ripened fruits are best kept in the fridge. To speed up the ripening process you put your avocados in a brown paper bag with a banana!
What else can we tell about the avocado?
By using lemon juice one can slow down the process of the avocado flesh turning brown. The fruit contains potassium, vitamin B, folic acid and omega-3 fatty acid, which helps protecting you against heart- and vascular diseases.