If an apple keeps the doctor away, what does an avocado a day do?

Here in Australia, avocados have become a pantry staple.  Whether you use it for your avocado smash in the morning, or as a filler in your lunch salad, sandwich, or for your guacamole when friends come around for some margaritas at night, the humble avocado is a super-food and shouldn’t be disregarded from anyone’s shopping list. I personally love avocados and could easily eat half of one per day.

When Karina told me that they are hosting an avocado event, I was filled with excitement as I want to see what their chef Simon creates. Speaking of Simon, he told us in boot camp this morning that he is whipping up some Avocado Ice cream after class today for the next “Long Table Dinner”. I immediately thought, this is going to be interesting! No sooner he mentioned avocado, a few people around me started talking about their favourite avocado recipes and uses. This discussion took the pain away from the exercises that we had to do …. Added bonus!

No sooner, ping an email from Karina comes through asking me to write a blog about avocados. So, I went to google to find out some more facts about this fruit. I’m aware of its health benefits and uses but I needed something more. After three hours of researching (mind you an hour and a half was spent looking up new recipes that I must try) I found a few cool facts that left me like… I feel more knowledgeable now. I can list them all but how boring would that be? No one wants to read boring facts so instead I want to talk about the avocados in South America. The avocados there were some of the most delicious ones that I have ever tried.

Every market that I went to was filled with buckets and boxes of avocados at prices that I have never seen in my life. Try $1.00 for a 1 kg! It’s unheard off isn’t it here in Australia let alone Canada. With this price, I was buying enough to have one a day. No wonder my skin glowed by the end of my south American Adventure.

On the Inca Trail in Peru, avocados were constantly served and no sooner they were plated up, they were demolished. I remember one of our first lunches that was served - sandwiches. (Nothing beats a good fresh sandwich after 4 hours of uphill hiking). Two massive plates of guacamole were put on the table (approx. 14 avocados were used according to the chef) along with other things like ham, cheese, cucumber and tomato. What was the first that was cleared? Yep the guacamole.

 

Now I have shared an interesting story, I suppose I better share something from my research as Karina will be wondering what I did at Halo Espresso on Angelo Street in South Perth for the ENTIRE afternoon.

So… did you know?

1. The avocado is a fruit. Don’t worry, I got this one wrong when I did a “pop test”

2. There are 80 different varieties of Avocados. Hass is the most popular.

3. They originated in Central Mexico. Today, Peru is one of the largest world producers and exporters along with California.

4. Avocados are grown in Australia. Queensland, NSW and yes our very own WA have conditions that enable Avocados to be grown. I also read this article that Avocados are booming in WA. Let’s hope that prices will drop as supply has increased.

5. The Avocado has more potassium than bananas.

In conclusion, I hope you feel enlightened about what I have shared and I hope I have also created some excitement for the next dinner Horizon Events will be hosting. I certainly can’t wait as I love avocados! In fact, I’m off home now to make a chocolate avocado mousse with a cold green smoothie!

Written by April Louise