The Everyday KitchenFood advice for a busy life
Rich and melt-in-your-mouth, avocadoes are deliciously creamy and have a slightly sweet, almost buttery flavour. While many people worry about the fat content, they're low in saturated fat, containing mostly mono- and poly-unsaturated fats.
Avocadoes are also full of a surprising amount of other nutrients including vitamins C, E and K, folate, together with potassium and copper. Which means avocadoes are beneficial to your health, as long as you don't eat too many.
How to Choose an Avocado
- Avoid fruit with dark patches or blemishes on the skin.
- To test if an avocado is ready gently squeeze it at the top, by the stem. If it gives slightly, your avocado is ripe.
How to Store an Avocado
- To encourage an avocado to ripen place it in a paper bag and store at room temperature. Add an apple or a banana to the bag to further speed up the ripening.
- When your avocado is ripe, store it for two to three days in the fridge.
- Once an avocado is cut the flesh will start to brown. Squeezing over some lemon or lime juice, or sprinkling with a bit of white vinegar will help to cut down on the browning.
- Store cut avocado in an air-tight container in the fridge for one – two days.
For more about choosing and storing an avocado click here.
Photograph by Amanda Govaert.
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