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A great super food
Member Name: chaobreeder16
Date: 12/07/08, updated on 12/07/08 (59 review reads)
Advantages: healthy contains fiber, potassium, Bvitamins and lots more
Disadvantages: can be like green turnip if not ripe
These are brilliant! They are generally green and have rough skin, they are about the size of a pear but with a more rubbery outer texture. The best way to see if they are ripe is to give them a squeeze, if they are really hard they are not ready for consumption yet and can even have a texture some what resembling raw turnip which isn't good. There is a large stone in the center of this fruit/vegetable so if you are making them for more than four people it is best to buy two of them. They are quite oily in texture but contain all the "good" oils (mono unsaturated fats to be exact) and seem to be always recommended in fashion and chat magazines for its high fiber and potassium (higher than bananas apparently) content. The interior is yellow towards the center and greener as you head outwards towards the outer skin.
It does taste quite oily and almost creamy, it has a very substantial soft texture if it is ripe. It is the main component in the Mexican (the avocados native country) dip guacamole which roughly contains the avocado, lemon juice olive oil and finely chopped tomatoes and or peppers and onions in the version we make which is great to cool down fajitas or chilli con carne. I think North Americans also have them in hot dogs and burgers which seems like a pretty good idea to me.
The leaves have been proven to been highly poisonous to non indigenous animals however so if you plan on attempting to grow them in your conservatory or green house keep your cats, dogs or goats away as it could make them very sick.
It is also great to pep up a simple salad and adds a bit of substance, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. Some of the avocado fats can replace meat in a diet just make sure you douse it with lemon juice because much like other fruit/vegetable flesh it can turn brown quite easily and it is recommended that you consume the flesh within a few days of skinning the avocado because it does seem to go off easily and is best eaten fresh.
It is also a large component of some face creams, shampoos and body lotion because of its great moisturizing properties. Duly noted that it is a bit of an acquired and possibly adult taste, I couldn't really imagine any kids eating this one. My younger cousin tried this one to prove he was "grown up" but made a funny face and said "this is gross it tastes like mums face cream".