Everything you need to know about avocados

Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Author Martin Cheifetz

Avocados: Are they a fruit or a vegetable?

Avocados remind me of sporting razzle-dazzle. In sports showmanship, timing is everything and a split-second can make all the difference for success in an alley-oop slam dunk in basketball, a bicycle kick in soccer, or a reverse-flea-flicker in American football. Execute those plays well and you’re the idol of millions; and you’ll enjoy watching your spectacular skill on ESPN Sports Center’s “Play of the Day”. However, if you screw up the trick, the opposite phenomenon occurs and you’re an internet sensation for Epic Sporting Fails on Youtube, with millions of views for all the wrong reasons.

With avocados, the “sports trick of the fruit world”, timing is also critical. Try eating an avocado before it’s ripe, and it’s hard, flavorless, and horrible. Try eating one that’s overripe, and it’s brown, fibrous, bitter, and gross. However, if you get the timing just right, they’re absolutely fabulous on all counts: perfectly creamy consistency; rich, satisfying flavor; and from a nutritional perspective, they are one of the best foods you can eat for whole body health. 

The good news is, you have more than a millisecond to get your avocado timing right. You have a couple of days of perfect ripeness to enjoy your avocado, and if you can’t use the whole fruit in one meal, you can preserve the remainder for another day by squeezing some lemon juice on the exposed surface, wrapping it up, and putting it in the fridge. Below, we’ll give you seven reasons why you’ll want to eat more avocados and seven excellent recipes to use them while they’re perfectly ripe.


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