Today we are talking avocados. You’ll learn how to tell if an avocado is ripe, how an avocado benefits your health, whether an avocado is a fruit or a vegetable, and delicious ideas for fresh avocados that you may not have tried yet.
Today’s Mom Kitchen Tips & Tricks includes a few handy ways to tell if an avocado is ripe. But first…
Growing up in the 80’s, I had no idea what an avocado was. I am going to bet that most of you didn’t either.
After a bit of digging, I found out why. Avocados only grow in the mildest of temperatures in the US, mainly California, and have a growing season of spring to fall, which made avocados quite expensive back then.
I also learned there was a ban on importing these alligator pears (as they were once referred) from Mexico. In 1997, the ban was lifted, making this fruit available year round.
Marketers got crafty in getting the word out because so many consumers were unfamiliar with this creamy green fruit. The avocado industry started promoting guacamole as a Super Bowl food back in the 1990s, and it worked.
Sales of Hass avocados, which make up more than 95 percent of all avocados consumed in the United States, soared to a record of nearly 1.9 billion pounds (or some 4.25 billion avocados) last year, more than double the amount consumed in 2005, and nearly four times as many sold in 2000.
That’s a lot of avocados! I, for one, and happy to have this fruit in my life. Let’s address the following:
Is an avocado a fruit or vegetable?
We often consider an avocado to be a vegetable, but it is actually classified as a fruit. Though avocados are not sweet, it falls under the definition of fruit – “the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food”.
Just how many calories does an avocado have? Half of a small avocado is considered one serving.
A half of an avocado has 109 calories. A whole avocado has 218 calories.
How many Carbs in Avocados?
There are 12 grams of carbohydrates in 1 medium sized avocado.
Per results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2008, there are many associated health benefits from avocados. They found those who consumed avocados had:
- Significantly higher intakes of vegetables, fruit, overall diet quality
- Higher intake of dietary fiber, vitamins E, K, magnesium, and potassium
- Lower intakes of added sugars
- Improved overall diet quality
- Reduced risk of metabolic syndrome
Those are some great reasons to add more avocados to your diet!
When I first started purchasing avocados, I had no idea how to tell which ones were the best to buy. Here are a few tips you can use to know which avocados to buy.
How to tell if avocado is ripe
- The darker the green skin color, the riper the avocado
- With two fingers, gently squeeze the avocado. A ripe avocado should give a little, if it’s hard it will ripen in a couple days, if it is very squishy, it may be overripe.
- Use the stem to check for ripeness
- If you can push off the stem easily it is ripe
- If the stem does not easily remove, the avocado is not ripe
- The color under the stem of a ripe avocado should be bright green
- If the color under the stem is brown, the avocado is past its prime
If the avocado is ripe, the color is a vibrant green under the stem.
How To Quickly Ripen An Avocado
- Refrigerating avocados slows down the ripening. It’s a good idea to toss them in the fridge if you don’t plan on using them for several days.
- Leaving them on the counter allows ripening quicker
- Place avocado in a brown paper bag, fold the top down and leave them on the counter. Placing fruit in a paper bag helps concentrate the levels of ethylene gas which helps ripen the fruit.
How To Get The Pit Out Of An Avocado?
With a sharp knife, tap down into the pit. Carefully twist the knife until the pit moves. Discard.
30 Recipes Using Fresh Avocados
Fresh Avocado Recipes
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Creamy Avocado Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Zucchini By C It Nutritionally
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Tuna Salad Stuffed Grilled Avocados By Tasty Balance Nutrition
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Avocado Toast Is The New Kale By Nutrition a la Natalie
Fresh Avocado Appetizers
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Everything Seasoning By Live Best
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Citrus Avocado Salad by Foods With Judes
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The Green Sauce By Dana White Nutrition
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Green Avocado-Peach Smoothie By Homemade Nutrition
No- Churn Dark Chocolate Avocado Frozen Yogurt By Lively Table
Avocado Coffee Sherbet By The Nutrition Adventure
Avocado Ice Cream By Dana White Nutrition
Avocado Yogurt Key Lime Pie by Liz’s Healthy Table
Grain Free Fudgy Avocado Brownies (Paleo) By C It Nutritionally
Do you have any avocado tips to add?! Share below!
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