Avocado

About

The avocado is a fruit produced by a tropical American broad-leaved evergreen tree of the genus Persea of the family Lauraceae (laurel family). It is eaten fresh, chiefly in salads and guacamole. The avocado was cultivated by the Aztecs. Avocados are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Magnoliales, family Lauraceae.
The history of avocado takes us back to the Aztecs and their language, Nahuatl, which contained the word ahuacatl meaning both “fruit of the avocado tree” and “testicle.” The avocado was introduced to the U.S. state of California in the 19th century, and it has become an extremely successful cash crop. 95% of United States avocado production is located in California.

Storage

Generally, the fruit is picked once it reaches a mature size, and will then ripen in a few days. Avocados ripen best off the tree. To speed ripening, place avocado in a paper bag with an apple. Poke a few holes in the bag and store at room temperature.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Process two ripe avocados in the food processor until smooth.

In a pot melt together:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup 100% Baking Chocolate

Once melted, add:
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Add the chocolate mixture to the food processor.  Process until smooth. Pour into bowls and let chill for 2 hours.  Enjoy!

Avocado Spinach Salad with Citrus

The sweet tangy citrus flavor of naval orange is nicely balanced by creamy avocado in this bright baby spinach salad. Toasted pumpkin seeds add a savory crunch, while a grapefruit-based dressing keeps your taste buds energized.

Serves 4
Salad:

  • 2 small ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large naval orange, peeled, pith removed, and chopped
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

Dressing:

  • 6–8 TB lemon or grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 TB fresh oregano leaves
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste

Toss salad ingredients together in a serving bowl. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.