Note: this has been reposted based on an original entry called ‘Avocados are Yum’
Avocado (Persea americana)
Oh man, I really love avocados! They are an awesome gift from mother nature. You can do all sorts of stuff with them and they’re really good for you.
Avocado trees grow to 20 m high. The flowers are inconspicuous because they’re greenish-yellow in colour. The pear-shaped fruit can grown anywhere between 7cm to 20cm long, depending on the species of tree.
Avocados are thought to have originated in the state of Puebla in Mexico. The avocado tree also has a long history of cultivation in Central and South America. The plant was introduced to Indonesia in 1750, Brazil in 1809, the Levant in 1908, and South Africa and Australia in the late 19th century.
How does it help?
> are rich in Vitamin C and also contain Vitamin A, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin and Magnesium.
> contain monounsaturated fats, which help contribute to good health.
> are full of fibre and help to lower cholesterol.
> contain amino acid, especially one called Glutathione which is also a powerful antioxidant.
> help to protect your liver as they contain Vitamin K (yes, there’s such a thing).
While not particularly popular, the avocado tree can be grown domestically and used as a (decorative) houseplant. Avocado is also used in skin care and beauty products and can be mixed with yoghurt as a face mask.
Avocado leaves, bark, skin, or pit are documented to be harmful to animals; cats, dogs, cattle, goats, rabbits, rats, birds, fish, and horses.
A ripe avocado yields to gentle pressure when held in the palm of the hand and squeezed. The flesh is prone to enzymatic browning; it turns brown quickly after exposure to air. To prevent this, lime or lemon juice can be added to avocados after they are peeled.
Vegematarian recipes that include avocado (use the ‘search’ tool to find more):
Dairy-Free, Yet Creamy, Vegan Guacamole
Soba Noodle Salad
Sushi… with Chutney
Mexican Corn Salad
Mango and Tofu Salad