Avocado is a fruit that culinary usually used as a vegetable. There are many different types of avocado. Because of its unique nutty flavor and texture the Hass avocado is the most popular one. The Hass Avocado is available all year round, tasty and easy to store and prepare. If you know all about avocado then it should be part of your daily menu. The avocado makes you not only beautiful from inside but also from the outside.
For centuries people enjoy avocado because of it's nutritious facts and because it can easily be prepared.
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Why is avocado so healthy? Avocado is rich in fat, at around 30 percent. The healthiest fat you can find in olive oil, fish and nuts. The essential fatty acids in avocado, including the famous Omega-3 are essential for health. These fats help prevent cardiovascular disease and probably other serious diseases such as cancer.
In avocado are also enormous vitamins and minerals. Especially a lot of vitamin C and B6, and much of vitamin A (beta carotene), D and E. The high amounts of minerals in avocado are Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium and Potassium. The mineral latter plays an important role in lowering high blood pressure.
Avocado is furthermore rich in dietary fiber: one avocado sit average 5g dietary fiber, as much as in bread and more than most fruits. Dietary fiber is essential for good bowel function and help prevent gastroenterology diseases.
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How much avocado should you eat? Avocado is a nutritious fruit and contains predominantly healthy substances. The high content of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and nutrients, ensures that it fits in any diet. With half an avocado a day, you get a lot of nutrients and get a feeling of fullness. The avocado adds to your health, both inside and out! It's definitely better for your health to avoid "Bad" fats as fatty meats, snacks and cake. Eat good fats this you could find in products such as nuts, seeds and avocado course. When following a certain diet, it is always advisable to consult a Dietician or nutritionist they will help you to adjust a good menu. One thing is certain: avocado is not fattening and you can safely eat it!
Where you can use avocado? You can use avocado as a topping or dip, in particular in appetizers, salads, shakes and desserts. The easiest way to use it is to cut the avocado in half. With a fork, take out the pit and add some spices and lemon juice. The avocado is ready for dipping or lubricate it as toppings. For a more child-friendly version of eating use a spoon full of mayonnaise of lemon juice. Instead of what mentioned before you could add boiled eggs tooo? Mmm ... yummy!
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If the avocado just ripe but not soft enough to easily mash, you can cut it into cubes and add to each flavorful salad.
You can further process in avocado shakes, ice cream and even mousses. It suits both sweet and savory dishes. So you can combine it with fish, shrimp, chicken or eggs. Do not be afraid to experiment and if you feel like you can also use avocado as a mask. Avocado oil is used in the cosmetic industry for the skin or for the hair.
How do you keep avocados? The Avocado Hass of Mehadrin which you do not use, keep in the refrigerator on 6ºC.
In this temperatuur you could keep the fruit till 2 weeks.
How do you speed up the ripening process? The ripening of the avocado can be accelerated. Put the avocado in its original formin a paper bag for two days in a cool place, along with an apple or a ripe banana. Obviously you avoid sunlight in a cool place. The fridge is in this case unsuitable as a cool place. However cold it slows the ripening process.
A piece of history The avocado tree is about 7-8 meters (in some areas higher than this) height and is originally from Puebla in Mexico. Nowadays he also grows in South and North America, Africa and the Middle East. In the tenth century the avocado tree was planted in other countries, such as in Central and South America and later in Africa and the Middle East.
The avocado hass in the Netherlands is available all year round. During the year, they are imported from different areas: from May to December from Africa and South America and from january to May from Israel. Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Brazil are major suppliers of avocado. The avocado is growing in popularity!
From the 17th century it was grown in the West Indies and later in California. Spanish conquerors took the fruit to Europe. They called the fruit "Abogado", literally "butter out of the woods" means.