Avocado 酪梨 (also known as butter pear 牛油果or alligator pear 鳄梨/) is rich in the antioxidants beta carotene, vitamins C and E, magnesium, potassium and monounsaturated fat which can boost your immune system.
Not only does it bring many health benefits to adults, it is an excellent weaning food for babies too. I introduced this fruit to my son when he got past 1 year old. He enjoys very much the smooth and creamy consistency of the flesh. He does not mind eating just the flesh scooped out from the skin. Among fruits, it’s now one of his favourite.
Unlike a couple of years ago, avocado can now be found in the supermarket throughout the year. Avocado can be used in a variety way, from appetizers, main menu to dessert. It’s common to see it being used in making sushi rolls, sandwiches, bread spread, salad, dip dessert, drink, dip and even in baking (as a substitute for egg).
As for myself, I like to use avocado in my sushi rolls, dessert (avocado with banana dessert as shown in my earlier post), milkshake or drink. Of these, I find avocado drink as the most acceptable way of introducing avocado to people who is new to this fruit. Both my mother in law and hubby have no problem accepting this drink when I first made it for them.
You can easily prepare this simple yet refreshing drink in less than 10 minutes with some basic ingredients and a few simple kitchen tools. The response can be so good that you face the problem of not having enough left for yourself. So you may need to consider doubling the amount. Hurry up and make it today.
Below are some useful tips on how to select and handle avocados:
a) How to select
b) How to store
Once ripe, they can be stored in the refrigerator, unpeeled, for up to 2 weeks.
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