‘Av’ an avocado

There are hundreds of varieties of avocados, four common varieties sold  are Hass  (dark purple/ black knobbly skin), Ettinger and Fuerte (both pear-shaped, smooth & green skinned when ripe) and Nabal (more spherical).

Depending on your preferences, these varieties range from nutty to light and buttery to watery.  All varieties are full of nutrients, each avocado comes packed with vitamin K,E, iron, potassium and healthy fats.  We picked the below Avo’s (Hass) straight from the tree in the campo and left them in a  basket in the kitchen for a few days.  Avocados are a unique as it that ripens off the tree, so do need storing until they are ready; give their bottoms a  gentle squeeze to feel if they are soft enough to eat.

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To get in, cut lengthways around the seed, twist the two halves apart, chop into the seed with a heavy knife without damaging the flesh (yours and the avocado) twist and pull the seed out (it will be stuck to the knife).

Avocados are delicious raw, as a quick snack try with a squeeze of lemon juice and seasoning onto each half (I like a splash of balsamic too).  Or scoop out the avocado flesh and spread on wholemeal toast  with a little salt and pepper, simply delicious.

Alternatively…….

Top a fresh tuna salad

Mix together your chopped salad ingredients, in this case, lettuce, rocket, cherry tomatoes, lentils and tuna. Chop the avocado into cubes and gently mix into the salad. This was served with BBQ chips and home made pesto.

Guacamole with a kick

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Mix together chopped red onion, chopped tomatoes, half the juice of a lemon, a glug of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a dash of tabasco sauce to desired taste (e.g 10 drops). Now scoop out the flesh of 3 avocados place it with the other ingredients in the bowl and then chop with a knife until you have a bowl of chunky guacamole.

Smoothie

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2 pears, core and chunk

1 avocado, scoop out the flesh

1 cup milk

2 teaspoons honey

1 cup ice

Blend it all up until the chunks of ice have gone, and enjoy yum…

A great way to get your children to enjoy avocado!

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Avocado is my favourite thing ever, I have it for lunch everyday and my seven month old loves it too. It’s so delicious I can’t believe how good for you it is! #twinklytuesday

    1. So delicious, I agree! A lunch to really look forward to

  2. I’m a big avocado fan, I need to try that smoothie! x #TwinklyTuesday

    1. The smoothie is a great way for the kids to benefit from some avocado goodness

  3. marinailieva says:

    I love avocado! I love how creamy and tasty it is and it could be used in thousands of wonderful recipes. Your ideas are pretty nice. Guacamole, please! 🙂 #TwinklyTuesday

    1. I agree, so creamy and versatile. The flavours in the guacamole develop if you can wait a little while before tucking in.

  4. Kerry says:

    Avocados are always in my weekly shop, and am on the look out for new recipes, these are great!

    1. I hope these recipes come in handy, enjoy

  5. I’m ashamed to admit that I have never had Avacado. I feel like I missed the boat somewhere when they became popular and everyone started eating them! I might have to be brave and try them… #BloggerClubUK

    1. Go for it, Life’s to short 🙂

  6. Siena Says says:

    I’m a bit on the fence about avocados and I don’t know why! I am growing to like Guacamole as long as it has a kick to it. Now the smoothie looks good and I love the photos of the smoothies moustaches! You are so lucky being able to pick them!
    #bigpinklink

    1. If you like the kick of lemon, balsamic or even ground black pepper you may like to put them in a jar shake them up to make a dressing and pour on top of an avocado half.
      It’s great to pick them, we try to pick to make sure there are always some ripe ones in the kitchen each day

  7. I LOVE avocados!!! I haven’t really tried it in a smoothie before but I may give it a try after reading your post. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    1. Avos in smoothies are great, they make it really creamy!

  8. I cannot believe that for the first 22 years of my life, I did not eat avocados!!

    1. Me too…They are just too good!

  9. crummymummy1 says:

    I’m afraid to say looking at this post makes me feel sick!! I usually eat avocadoes every day but when I’m pregnant I can’t touch them. Very odd!! #twinklytuesday

    1. Oh no poor you feeling nauseous is pregnancy is awful! I used to eat a banana a day pregnant but I don’t really like them at all!

  10. Yum, yum in my tum, I LOVE avocados. Must try that smoothie! x
    #bloggerclubuk

  11. wendy says:

    I just love avocado ..I love it on toast and with a tuna salad. They also taste amazing with eggs too. I have not tried a smoothie though, will have to give it a go xx #TheList

    1. Mmmmmmm avos with eggs for lunch tomorrow then, so many ways to enjoy

  12. Thanks for the ideas, i love avocado! I’m always looking for new recipes using my favourite foods xx #BloggerClubUK

    1. Great! I hope the recipes give you some inspiration to keep enjoying one of your favorite foods

  13. Silly Mummy says:

    Didn’t know there were so many types! I love avocado, but I can’t get my toddlers to eat it! #twinklytuesday

    1. The only way our two will eat avos are in smoothies or chocolate pudding. Why is it toddlers seem totally put off by green food?!

  14. Hatti Burt says:

    I sooooo want to grow avocados in Portugal – it’s one of my dreams! The best thing ever would be to have an avocado tree! x

    1. I am DEFINITELY bookmarking this! Love, love, love avocado! Thanks #brillblogposts

    2. What a great dream to have. We were living in central Portugal and there was an avocado tree in the garden, it had been planted close to a wall, the neighbours were a little surprised it seemed to be growing well. In Spain there are so many, they are a lovely tree.

  15. Corina says:

    I love avocado in all those ways! I will have to try harder to get my kids to eat it though!

  16. Agent 54 says:

    I love avacados. Cute kids.

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