Avocados

Seasonality:

  • Avocados are available year-round

Health Benefits of Avocados:

  • More than 75% of the fat in avocados is considered “good” fats, and can help manage blood pressure, increase absorption of essential vitamins and lower cholesterol.
  • Avocados contain nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin K, folate, Vitamin C and potassium.
  • Avocados are high in fiber.

How to Select Avocados:

  • Gently squeeze an avocado. If it yields to pressure, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If it does not, it will take a few days to ripen.

How to Store Avocados:

  • Store ripe avocados whole in the refrigeration for up to 2-3 days.
  • Unripe avocados can take up to 5 days to ripen. Store unripen avocados at room temperature until ripe.
  • To speed up the ripening process, place unripe avocados in a paper bag along with an apple or banana for up to 2-3 days, or until ripe.
  • To store cut avocados, sprinkle with lemon or lime juice and place in air-tight container in refrigerator for up to 1 day.

How to Prepare Avocados:

  • Always wash avocados before cutting.
  • To cut, grip the avocado gently. Use a large, sharp knife to cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed. Twist to open the two halves to expose and remove the pit.
  • Sliced avocado by either removing the peel and slicing, or slice while in the peel and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh.

Fun Facts:

  • Avocados do not ripen on the tree. They ripen after they have been harvested.
  • California produces about 90% of the nation's avocado crop.                        
  • Americans are expected to eat more than 139 million pounds of avocados around Super Bowl Sunday this year.
  • Avocados from Mexico account for over 70% of the US market for Hass avocados. 
  • Mexican Hass avocados are the only source of avocados available year-round!

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