The Avocado is sometimes referred to as an alligator pear with its leathery outer layer! Within its reptilian skin lies a green flesh which really is a superfood. It is recommended that you peel a ripe avocado with your hands to preserve the dark green flesh which is rich in carotenoid anti-oxidants. There are over 20 nutrients within the creamy flesh, each one supporting our health. 85% of the avocados calories come from fat, but this is not a bad thing. The fat is rich in health benefits for our bodies and is a mono-saturate which actually reduces our risk of heart disease. So consuming avocado is beneficial and definitely recommended!
Over the years I have revisited avocados in a variety of ways. My favourite way of enjoying them has to be as an accompaniment to Mexican food...as Guacamole. I have a friend who professes to make the best Guacamole in the world. I can't confirm this claim, having never tried every other variety in the world, but I can confirm that it is good! I've tried supermarket varieties. I've bought long life versions in squeezy bottles. I've even made my own. Perfect to dip, spread or pop into veggie fajitas, it adds a wonderful flavour and creamy texture that compliments the meal perfectly.
To make your own Guacomole, you can simply mix ready made salsa with mashed, ripe avocado. It's that easy, although Avocado purists may cringe at the cheating aspect of this short cut. But for a quick and easy side dish to your Mexican meal, this is genius! Jamie Oliver makes a green Guacomole by blitzing up chillis, lime juice, avocado and fresh coriander. Some people add sour cream or diced red onion and tomato. Sometimes garlic finds it way into the mix. Chunky or smooth, anything goes. Guacomole is as personal and diverse as you want it to be!
For me, the recipe I use is this:
This is my entry into the Avocado Brotherhood competition!