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Information about Avocado

Updated on February 9, 2018

Persea Americana

Avocado is native to South America and Mexican excavations have revealed evidence of it as far back as 7000 BC. It was once considered a luxury fruit, it is now widely planted in sub-tropical and tropical areas. Avocados have soft, buttery flesh and a mild, slightly nutty flavor and are the only fruit that contains fat (monounsaturated fat).

Because of their pear shape, avocados are sometimes called avocado pear or alligator pear,referring to the rough skin texture of some varieties such as the Sharwill and Hass (also Haas). Other varieties have thin, smooth skin, such as Fuerte and the small stoneless Fuerte (cocktail avocado)

Avocados are best eaten raw.

  • Cut in half and serve with a vinaigrette
  • Slice and add to salads
  • Puree for use in dips or guacamole
  • Use as a base for sweet dishes such as ice cream

Remember that cut avocado turns brown so make sure that cut it just before use or brush with lemon juice to stop discolouring.

Avocados don't ripen well on the tree, but firm, unripe avocados will ripen at room temperature after 3-4 days. To speed this up, put them in a bowl with fruit that gives off ethlene such as apples. They should feel tender or give slightly at the stem end when ripe.

Avocados is an excellent addition to a fruit or savoury salad or casserole. Avocados go with bacon, blue cheese, chilli, coriander, crab, leomon, lime mayonnaise, onion, sour cream and tomatoes.

Avocados are an excellent source of folate and Vitamin C,  a good source of riboflavin, niacin and Vitamin A and a moderate source of iron, potassium and thiamin.

What is a Guacamole?

Guacamole is a Mexican dish made from ripe mashed avocado, traditionally served as a dip with nachos, as a side dish or a sauce for tacos. The word "guacamole" is most likely derived from the Nahuatl words ahuacatl meaning 'avocado' and molli, meaning 'sauce'.

Guacamole is best made in a molcajete - a mortar and pestle made from basalt rock, which gives a crushed texture without turning the guacamole to a puree.

How to make a guacamole

You will need the following:

  • 3 large avocados

  • 1 small onion

  • 2 serrano chillies

  • Coriander

  • 2 medium size tomatoes

How to:

  • Halve 3 large avocados, remove the stones, scrape out flesh with a spoon
  • In a mortar and pestle - grind 1 small chopped onion 2 tablespoons chopped coriander.
  • Add avocado, mash until mixture is slightly rough, then stir in a 2 finely chopped tomatoes.
  • Garnish with chopped onion, tomato and coriander.

Serves 4.

Avocado Shake / Smoothie

You will need the following:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Scoop the avocado from the pulp and put in the blender.Add the milk, ice and sugar. Puree until smooth

Some like to use condensed milk so it will depend on you on how you will like the consistency.

If you don’t have a blender, use a wooden spoon to mix until you reach the right consistency.  Chill before eating.

Enjoy !!!!

While growing up in the Philippines , I only knew one use of avocado that it is eaten as a dessert as in avocado shake - with milk and sugar and have not thought of eating it as a part of a vegetable salad or as a filling for a sandwich.

I grow up not being aware of the varied uses and excellent nutritional value of this nutritious fruit.

But I still make Avocado shake, it is sort of a comfort food for me, which I really enjoy, it is one of my favourite dessert especially during the summer months.

Here is the recipe of Filipino Style Avocado shake or some called it Avocado Smoothie which you may like to try on a summer day.

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Avocado is a fruit, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family
Avocado is a fruit, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family

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    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      I love a good guacamole!

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      9 years ago from Holly, MI

      I never go a day without eating at least one avocado! I swear I would be lost without them! lol Great hub!

    • stars439 profile image


      9 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great recipes. Will enjoy them very much. God Bless You

    • LeonJane profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Great looking hub on Avocados. I like them mashed onto toast with salt and pepper. They seem to be being picked this time of year (March-Australia) and we only tend to eat them now because they get expensive for the rest of the year.

    • borge_009 profile image


      9 years ago from Philippines

      I like avocados specially Avocado shake. Thanks for sharing

    • artrush73 profile image


      9 years ago

      Avocados are great as food and as cholesterol burner :)

      Very Nice hub :)

    • salt profile image


      9 years ago from australia

      Yum, I remember clearly the first time I ate avocado. My grandparents took me to the Hilton for my birthday I think, or Xmas and there was a huge bowl of avocado salad. Just avocado. Yummy.. I love avocado. We get lots of them here now. Plentiful supplies. We are a very lucky people.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Great message. Thanks for the tips.

    • lorlie6 profile image

      Laurel Rogers 

      9 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      Avocados are such an amazing luxury! I have loved them since childhood, though I never knew of an avocado shake/smoothie. As soon as summer rolls around, I'll be using this recipe, MM!

      Thanks for such a tempting hub,


    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      9 years ago from Holly, MI

      I eat an avocado almost everyday and I had no idea that they don't ripen until they're picked until I read this! Great hub!


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