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Amazing Avocados

By Alana Sugar, April 23, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

When I was a child in Southern California, we had an avocado tree in our back yard. My mother would cut them up and put them into salads and eat them on sandwiches. At the neighborhood Mexican restaurants, I ate them as guacamole. I loved every bite, but didn’t realize just how amazingly versatile avocadoes could be. Just recently, I made a wonderful Chocolate Pudding with avocadoes. Times change!

Avocados are fruits and they pair well with other fruits such as citrus and tropical fruits. Here are some super flavorful fruit salad recipes:

Avocados are outta-this-world delicious when added to chicken, shrimp or tuna salad, as well as a slew of greens, grains and protein salads. Here are some of my favorites:

But remember: Avocados aren’t just for salads!

Avocados are best eaten raw, although you can stir them into cooked foods just before serving – like topping a chili or tortilla soup. I like to buy avocados that are under-ripe or just barely ripe. If they are over-ripe, soft and mushy, they may be bruised on the inside. A perfectly ripe avocado will give a little when pressed. Store unripe avocados at room temperature for a few days; if not using right away once ripe, transfer to the refrigerator.

Do you have a favorite avocado recipe? I’d love to know.

Category: Food & Recipes, Produce




Howard says ...
Do you have the Hawaii Sharwil Avocado?
04/23/2013 9:58:13 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@HOWARD - The variety of our products differs between store locations. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock...sounds delish!
04/24/2013 5:10:22 PM CDT
Ms Caribbean says ...
Hi..do you carry avocados from the Caribbean?
04/24/2013 6:00:34 PM CDT
Joy says ...
04/24/2013 7:16:36 PM CDT
Karen Klingler says ...
I recently started using avocados in veggie shakes. I use 1/4 of an avocado in my lunch shake but quickly realized they turn brown far faster than I can use one even though I sprinkled them with lemon juice. After I sprinkle them with lemon juice I now lay them flat in a zip-lock freezer bag and lay the bag on a tray in the freezer until they are frozen. Once frozen the tray can be removed and the avocados can be broken apart and the used as needed. I usually take a piece out and put it in the microwave for about 25 seconds before putting it in the blender.
04/24/2013 7:36:06 PM CDT
Moeho says ...
And don't forget avocado/California roll w/ seaweed maybe cucumber, apple, carrot as well
04/24/2013 8:14:41 PM CDT
Darlene Romeo says ...
Blat's r my favorite
04/24/2013 10:39:57 PM CDT
Jamie says ...
I love the idea to add avocado to warm pasta! I bet mashed avocado would just melt into it and make a sauce....oh yum! Lately my favorite way to eat them is the classic- smashed on toast. Sometimes I'll even sprinkle a half with kosher salt and go at it with a spoon. They're just so good!
04/24/2013 10:44:23 PM CDT
Racquel says ...
Thank you so much for these recipes!
04/25/2013 1:14:51 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MS CARIBBEAN - The variety of produce will differ between store locations. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock!
04/25/2013 9:24:02 AM CDT
Morningsong says ...
I love avocado/banana/chocolate pudding! This weekend I'm making a tart with a shell made from figs, dates, and raisins, then using the pudding as a filling and topping with fresh blueberries and strawberries then coconut whipped cream and cacao nibs sprinkled on top!
04/25/2013 11:36:39 PM CDT
faithcristabella40 says ...
awesome recipes
06/01/2013 11:36:36 AM CDT
RS Rawat says ...
I have three Avocado trees in my garden. I have been harvesting fruits since the last 4 years. It took almost 9 years to bear fruit. Each tree bears 50 fruits. Some are 500 grams in wieght. Now I am grafting scions on saplings & hope to grow Avocados in 5 gallon pots. Thanks for your blog. I live in Dehradun, State of Uttannchal, India. Rawat
03/01/2014 6:58:41 AM CST