There's so much more to an avocado than making guacamole or dicing it up on your salad. From ways to know if it's truly ready to eat to creating a special avocado butter, you'll be amazed at all that this healthy food offers you.
First, Check Its Ripeness
When people think of an avocado, they think of its delicious green interior. They don't always know that the exterior shouldn't be green, too, but rather an even, dark purple. That shows it's ready to be eaten raw or used in a favorite recipe.
Believe it or not, you can create a beautiful and elegant rose out of an avocado. It makes a beautiful garnish, but because avocados are so delicious, it might not last long on the plate. Follow these steps to attempt your own avocado rose.
Everyone knows how healthy avocados area, so spruce up your butter with an infusion of avocado. It tastes amazing as a condiment, but also adds pizzazz to your grilled meats. Just slather it on when the meat is close to being done and enjoy! Here's the recipe.
Adults and older children aren't the only ones who want to enjoy avocados. So help your baby enjoy them by pureeing fresh, ripened avocados and then freezing them. By placing the pureed avocado in ice cube trays, you're creating the perfect serving size for small tummies. Since avocados aren't available as baby food, make your own special treat.
If you just can't wait to get your hands on a ripened avocado for your salad or a recipe, try this trick. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap your avocados in aluminum foil and place them on a baking sheet or in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 10 to 20 minutes, but check on them at the 10-minute mark. You want to be a bit soft when you squeeze them--that's when you know they're ready.
A healthy avocado paired with a protein-packed egg baked in the oven then drizzled with sirachi sauce will make your mouth water. The upside is that this dish is so incredibly easy to fix and tastes amazing. Check out the recipe!
Yes, it's true. This delectable chocolate pudding is healthy, because it's made with avocado. The avocado is used to create the thicker base, so you can use a lighter milk or skip using a dairy product altogether and substitute almond milk, for example. It's sweetened with honey or agave nectar for an all natural hint of yumminess. It's also a great dessert for vegans or those who are lactose intolerant.
Watch the video to learn how to start growing your own avocado tree today!
The Versatile Avocado
Now that you know how to grow your own avocado, use it in desserts, bake it with an egg or create a rose and butter, be sure to pick one up the next time you're at the store or market. Give one of these tips or recipes a whirl and enjoy!