Go Green with Avocado
As part of my eat foods with colour, this one is all about going Green with Avocado which will include all the health benefits as well as loads of delicious recipes. But before I get ahead of myself, let me introduce you to some of the most recognised varieties found in your local street markets as well as the bigger supermarkets around the world.
Avocados are known to be high in potassium which helps regulate healthy blood pressure as well as ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Just one-half an avocado will provide you with almost 500 mg of potassium. Not only will you get almost 100 percent of your daily recommended amount (RDA), you’ll get twice that amount from a medium-sized banana. Adding one-half an avocado to a salad will also help the body increase the nutrient absorption of the salad ingredients by at least two to fifteen times. It’s now time to get healthy again with a daily portion of avocado.
The Fuerte Avocado is easily recognised by its pear or egg shape. It is green in colour with a thin waxy skin, which easily separates from the skin. The stalk of the fruit falls away easily when ripe. The fruit itself has a rich and creamy texture.
The Edranol Avocado is characterised by its thick green coloured skin and small light brown speckles. It stays green in colour when ripe and the flesh has a rich and nutty taste.
The Pinkerton Avocado can be defined by its rather long thick neck as opposed to the more pear or ovoid shape varieties. It has a rough, thick green coloured skin that does not yield to pressure and it also remains green when ripe. The smooth and creamy taste is somewhat slightly sweet.
The Hass Avocado is characterised by its egg shape and rough green skin, which turns blackish purple when ripe. The thick skin is an advantage when serving half the avocado as the flesh can easily be scooped out. The flesh has a creamy texture with a slightly nutty taste.
The Reed Avocado, unlike the pear shape variety, is more rounded and usually fairly large in size. It’s also green in colour and soft to the touch when ripe. The seed inside is much smaller compared to other varieties which result in a greater flesh to seed ratio. The Reed has a distinctive avocado taste with a very creamy, smooth and buttery texture.
The Ryan Avocado is egg-shaped and green in colour. It has an excellent creamy texture making it one of the most popular varieties.
Marvellous Meat-Free Avocado Recipes
One of the best ways to enjoy an avocado is in a freshly prepared salad, but you may also have a passion for placing an avocado on a pizza too. If you are going to prepare your own pizza, make sure you cut your avocado into fairly thin, but not too thin, slices. After the pizza comes out of the oven, place the cut slices of avocado throughout the pizza. Never place the avocado on the pizza before it goes into the oven as this will make the avocado too dry as well as alter the clean, fresh taste. Another great idea is to mash an avocado and then use it as a topping for baked potatoes.
Baked Potato, Cream Cheese, and Avocado
Add some zesty mashed avocado topping to your baked potato as a great dinner starter. Simply cut the baked potato in half and add a generous dollop of cream cheese. Then mash your avocado, add seasoning, a dash of lemon juice and a drizzle of avocado oil. Pop this on top of the cream cheese with a few of your favourite micro herbs, sprouts, and seeds.
Avocado and Spinach Salad
An Avocado and Spinach Salad is the perfect light meal for an early Sunday afternoon brunch. Simply add chunky avocado pieces onto a spinach salad of baby leaves. You can add an egg cut into quarters as well as sauteed asparagus and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Finish this off with a dressing of Dijon mustard, a tablespoon of cider vinegar and a few tablespoons of avocado oil.
Avocado and Bean Salad
An Avocado and Bean Salad is the perfect light meal for a Saturday lunch. Simply add chunky avocado pieces into a salad with your favourite beans. Add half a diced apple and add sliced or grated radish. Drizzle a dash of cider vinegar and avocado oil and then garnish with a few twigs of cilantro.