Tags: Avocado, Business, cook, Guacamole, Home, limes, Plastic wrap, Stainless steel
You may look good with a tan, but your guacamole sure doesn’t! To keep the avocados from oxidizing (which causes the brown color), cut them with a silver or stainless steel knife, and leave the pit in the dip (until serving). Sprinkle lemon or lime juice on the surface of the dip, and cover tightly with plastic wrap until you’re ready to eat.
Tags: Avocado, Black pepper, Cooking, Fruit, Fruit and Vegetable, Guacamole, Home, Ripeness in viticulture
If you bought a whole bunch of avocados for your guacamole and one or two are still not ripe enough to use, try this tip – which isn’t ideal, but will do the trick. Prick the skin of the unripe avocado in several places, then microwave it on high for 40-70 seconds, flipping it over halfway through. This won’t ripen the avocado, but it will soften enough that you’ll be able to mash it with ripe avocados and your guests won’t notice the difference.
Tags: Avocado, Banana, Bell pepper, Citrus, Fruit, Refrigeration, Refrigerator, Vegetable
Refrigerating your produce can help it keep longer, but not all produce does well in the cooler temperatures. The majority of fruits and vegetables handle cold fairly well, but naturally enough, the exceptions are tropical fruits, whose cells are just not used to the cold. Bananas will suffer cell damage and release a skin-browning chemical, avocados don’t ripen when store below 45 degrees, and citrus fruit will develop brown-spotted skin. These fruits, as well as squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, melons, and pineapples, are best stored at 50 degrees – so keep them out of the fridge unless you’ve already cut them and need to keep them fresh. Most other vegetables, including lettuce, carrots, and cabbage, will do better in your refrigerator, as will fruits like apples, and pears. Garlic, onions, shallots, and potatoes should never be refrigerated because the cold will cause sprouting, loss of flavor, or conversion of their starch to sugar. Keep these foods out of the fridge (at a little cooler than room temperature,if possible) and in a dark cabinet. Humidity is also an important factor, so fruits and vegetables should always be stored in the refrigerator crisper bins, which will prevent them from drying out.
Tags: Avocado, Cilantro, Cooking, Coriander, Home, Jams Jellies and Preserves, Parsley, Soups and Stews
Preparing a recipe and realize your out of one of the essential ingredients. Try this as a substitution.
I’m all out of Cilantro, What can I use?
Try – Parsley and Lemon Juice
Tags: Avocado, Cheese, cook, Onion, Salsa (sauce), Sausage, Tortilla chip, Turkey
Cheesy Turkey Sausage Nachos
3/4 pound bulk Turkey Sausage
1/4 cup chopped Onion
3 cups diced fresh Tomatoes, divided
3/4 cup Picante Sauce
4 cups Tortilla Chips
3 cups shredded Canadian Cheddar, divided
1 medium ripe Avocado, diced
*Crumble sausage into a large skillet; add onion. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain well. Add 2 cups tomatoes and picante sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
*Sprinkle tortilla chips over a 12-in. pizza pan. Top with 2 cups cheese and the sausage mixture; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with avocado and remaining tomatoes.
Tags: Avocado, California, Fruit, Levant, Martín Fernández de Enciso, Mexico, Puebla, Sri Lanka
The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Central Mexico, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. Avocado or alligator pear also refers to the fruit (botanically a large berry that contains a single seed of the tree, which may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped or spherical.
Avocados are commercially valuable, and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world, producing a green-skinned, pear-shaped fruit that ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit.
Persea americana, or the avocado, originated in the state of Puebla, Mexico. The native, undomesticated variety is known as a criollo, and is small, with dark black skin, and contains a large seed. The oldest evidence of avocado use was found in a cave located in Coxcatlán, Puebla, Mexico, that dates to around 10,000 BC. The avocado tree also has a long history of cultivation in Central and South America; a water jar shaped like an avocado, dating to AD 900, was discovered in the pre-Incan city of Chan Chan. The earliest known written account of the avocado in Europe is that of Martín Fernández de Enciso (c.1470–c.1528) in 1518 or 1519 in his book, Suma De Geographia Que Trata De Todas Las Partidas Y Provincias Del Mundo. The first written record in English of the use of the word ‘avocado’ was by Hans Sloane in a 1696 index of Jamaican plants. The plant was introduced to Indonesia in 1750, Brazil in 1809, the Levant in 1908, and South Africa and Australia in the late 19th century.
The tree grows to 20 m (69 ft), with alternately arranged leaves 12 centimeters (4.7 in) – 25 centimeters (9.8 in) long. The flowers are inconspicuous, greenish-yellow, 5 millimeters (0.2 in) – 10 millimeters (0.4 in) wide. The pear-shaped fruit is 7 centimeters (2.8 in) – 20 centimeters (7.9 in) long, weighs between 100 grams (3.5 oz) – 1,000 grams (35 oz), and has a large central seed, 5 centimeters (2.0 in) – 6.4 centimeters (2.5 in) long.
The subtropical species needs a climate without frost and with little wind. High winds reduce the humidity, dehydrate the flowers, and affect pollination. When even a mild frost occurs, premature fruit drop may occur, although the Hass cultivar can tolerate temperatures down to −1°C. The trees also need well-aerated soils, ideally more than 1 m deep. Yield is reduced when the irrigation water is highly saline. These soil and climate conditions are available only in a few areas of the world, particularly in southern Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Crete, the Levant, South Africa, Colombia, Peru, parts of central and northern Chile, Vietnam, Indonesia, parts of southern India, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Hawaii, and Ecuador. Each region has different types of cultivars.
An average avocado tree produces about 500 avocados annually. Commercial orchards produce an average of seven tonnes per hectare each year, with some orchards achieving 20 tonnes per hectare. Biennial bearing can be a problem, with heavy crops in one year being followed by poor yields the next. The avocado tree does not tolerate freezing temperatures, and can be grown only in subtropical or tropical climates.
The avocado is a climacteric fruit (the banana is another), which means it matures on the tree, but ripens off the tree. Avocados used in commerce are picked hard and green and kept in coolers at 3.3 to 5.6°C (38 to 42°F) until they reach their final destination. Avocados must be mature to ripen properly. Avocados that fall off the tree ripen on the ground. Generally, the fruit is picked once it reaches maturity; Mexican growers pick Hass-variety avocados when they have more than 23% dry matter, and other producing countries have similar standards. Once picked, avocados ripen in a few days at room temperature (faster if stored with other fruits such as apples or bananas, because of the influence of ethylene gas). Some supermarkets sell pre-ripened avocados which have been treated with synthetic ethylene to hasten ripening. In some cases avocados can be left on the tree for several months, which is an advantage to commercial growers who seek the greatest return for their crop; but if the fruit remains unpicked for too long it falls to the ground.
The fruit of horticultural cultivars has a markedly higher fat content than most other fruit, mostly monounsaturated fat, and as such serves as an important staple in the diet of various groups where access to other fatty foods (high-fat meats and fish, dairy, etc.) is limited.
A ripe avocado yields to gentle pressure when held in the palm of the hand and squeezed. The flesh is prone to enzymatic browning; it turns brown quickly after exposure to air. To prevent this, lime or lemon juice can be added to avocados after they are peeled.
Indonesian-style avocado milkshake with chocolate syrup
The fruit is not sweet, but fatty, and distinctly yet subtly flavored, and of smooth, almost creamy texture. It is used in both savory and sweet dishes, though in many countries not for both. The avocado is very popular in vegetarian cuisine, as substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content.
Generally, avocado is served raw, though some cultivars, including the common Hass, can be cooked for a short time without becoming bitter. Caution should be used when cooking with untested cultivars; the flesh of some avocados may be rendered inedible by heat. Prolonged cooking induces this chemical reaction in all cultivars.
It is used as the base for the Mexican dip known as guacamole, as well as a spread on corn tortillas or toast, served with spices.
Avocados have diverse fats. For a typical avocado:
About 75% of an avocado’s calories come from fat, most of which is monounsaturated fat.
On a 100 g basis, avocados have 35% more potassium (485 mg) than bananas (358 mg). They are rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K.
Avocados have a high fiber content of 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber.
High avocado intake was shown in one preliminary study to lower blood cholesterol levels. Specifically, after a seven-day diet rich in avocados, mild hypercholesterolemia patients showed a 17% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels. These subjects also showed a 22% decrease in both LDL (harmful cholesterol) and triglyceride levels and 11% increase in HDL (helpful cholesterol) levels. Additionally a Japanese team synthesised the four chiral components, and identified (2R, 4R)-16-heptadecene-1, 2, 4-triol as a natural antibacterial component.
Due to a combination of specific aliphatic acetogenins, avocado is under preliminary research for potential anti-cancer activity.
Extracts of P. americana have been used in laboratory research to study potential use for treating hypertension or diabetes mellitus.
Tags: Avocado, Black pepper, Cooking, Home, Jalapeño, Lime juice, Pachyrhizus erosus, Saturated fat
Avocado and Mango Salsa
Yield: 3 cups
Servings: 12 (1/4-cup) servings.
1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
1 cup chopped ripe mango
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped jicama
Juice of 1 lime (2 tablespoons)
Salt and ground pepper
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
In a mixing bowl, combine the avocado, mango, jalapeño pepper, jicama, and lime juice.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Mix in the cilantro.
Let the salsa sit 20 minutes for flavors to meld before serving.
Tags: Avocado, Cooking, Home, Monounsaturated fat, Olive oil, Tablespoon, Tortilla, Zest (ingredient)
The trick is to roll the wraps very tight. If not you won’t be able to cut them nicely. Don’t just roll them up or you will squish the contents out. You need to lift the part you’re rolling and drag it back until its tight.From The Better Homes and Garden web site.
Makes: about 36 slices
Prep: 30 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
* 1 ripe Avocado, halved, seeded, and peeled
* 1/2 of an 8-oz. pkg. Low Fat Cream Cheese, softened
* 1/4 cup Catsup
* 1 Tbsp. prepared Horseradish
* 1 tsp. finely shredded Lemon peel
* 2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
* 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
* 6 9- to 10-inch red, green, and/or plain Flour Tortillas
* 3 cups shredded Spinach leaves
* 2/3 cup smoked Almonds, chopped
* 10 oz. peeled and deveined cooked Shrimp, chopped
* Party picks (optional)
1. In a medium bowl mash avocado with a fork. Add cheese; stir until smooth. Stir in catsup, horseradish, lemon peel, lemon juice, and chili powder.
2. On one tortilla spread 1/4 cup of the avocado mixture, leaving 1-inch border around the edges. Top with a layer of spinach. Sprinkle with a scant 2 tablespoons almonds and about 1/4 cup shrimp. Roll up tightly. Secure with a party pick, if necessary, to prevent unrolling. Repeat with remaining tortillas, avocado mixture, spinach, almonds, and shrimp.
3. Place rolled tortillas on a tray or platter. Cover and chill up to 4 hours before serving. To serve, cut each rolled tortilla into 1-inch slices, discarding ends. Secure with party picks, if necessary. Arrange slices on a serving platter. Makes about 36 slices.
* Servings Per Recipe about 36 slices
* Total Fat (g)4
* Saturated Fat (g)1,
* Monounsaturated Fat (g)1,
* Polyunsaturated Fat (g)0,
* Cholesterol (mg)19,
* Sodium (mg)137,
* Carbohydrate (g)8,
* Total Sugar (g)1,
* Fiber (g)1,
* Protein (g)4,
* Vitamin C (DV%)4,
* Calcium (DV%)4,
* Iron (DV%)3,
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet