Spring Avocados: How, When and Why They’re Awesome

avocado_onforkwithgirl_rect400x320Avocados have made their way into our Fruit in Season Mixed Boxes this week, heralding the arrival of spring (even more so than the actual first day of spring this year).

These green beauties are the first of many new varieties of fruit coming into season over the next weeks and months.

They are also incredibly healthy; they’re chock full of healthy fats and oils, vitamins and minerals. So, don’t be put off by their green, bumpy skin – inside you’ll find something wonderful!

How to Cut an Avocado – Using a sharp knife, carefully cut into the avocado, all the way to pit. Rotate the avocado and cut all the way through the flesh to the pit, all the way around the whole fruit. Separate the two halves; the pit will remain in one half. To remove it, hold the avocado half in a towel and sharply tap the pit with the knife; rotate the knife until the pit comes free. To remove the avocado flesh from the skin, use a spoon to scoop it out.

Why Avocados are Awesome

  • Avocados contain 60% more potassium than a banana
  • One serving of avocado contains nearly 20 nutrients
  • Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, which helps lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels

Recipe: Avocado with Lemon and Olive Oil

2 ripe Hass avocados
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or to taste
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Cut and scoop out avocado flesh. Slice into wedges, and place avocados on a serving platter. Drizzle with oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature. (Serves 4.)

Recipe courtesy of marthastewart.com

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