How To Serve an Avocado
I chose Marjorie’s question for this week’s Foodies Ask because I just got back from Mexico where I had the most delicious and perfectly ripe avocados. More on Mexico, tequila and yummy street food over the next week but for now Marjorie writes me…
“Hi, I would like to know how do you prepare Avocados. We were at our local supermarket and on the shelf was a package. When putting away the groceries we thought it was some kind of fruit, turned out to be avocados instead…I have no recipe books telling how to prepare this vegetable and would like to know what to do with it. Marjorie”
An avocado is technically a fruit, but it is used more like a vegetable. Avocados are eaten raw and are delicious in salads or on a sandwich or in their most popular form as guacamole with tortilla chips. You can also use them in shakes – their creamy texture makes a smooth and luscious drink.
Avocados need to be ripe before you eat them. They are usually picked unripe and left to ripen off of the tree. You want an avocado to give slightly when you press on the flesh – that’s when you know it’s ready to eat. If your avocado is hard when you press on it, place it in a paper bag for a couple of days until it ripens. Don’t buy overly soft avocados, they will be mushy and brown on the inside and not very delicious. Buyer beware – an avocado will go from perfectly ripe to mushy in short order so eat it when it’s ready!
Here’s a video that will show you how to cut one open and remove the pit.
Here are some links to recipes that you might like to try:
Orange and Avocado Salad
Shrimp and Scallop Salad in Avocado Cups
Avocado Chicken Salad