Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Awesome Avos and Great Guac!

We are in heaven. California avocado trees are bursting at the seams, and we are taking full advantage.

Packed with such powerhouses as Vitamins K, E, C, B6, B5, potassium, folate, magnesium, glutathione, carotenoids, protein, not to mention the lovely fat and abundant fiber (the list goes on and on), the avocado is a must on your plate! Any plate of the day will do.

Opening an Avo: When you open an avocado, make as few cuts as possible, as some of the nutrition concentrates near the skin (see that dark green perimeter?). You can actually peel it like a banana if you want. We normally make one cut all the way around as shown, remove the pit, cut it into chunks with a knife, then scoop or squeeze it out.

Fun Avo Fact: Did you know avocados don't ripen on the tree? They start to ripen once they are picked, perfect to eat when just a little soft.

We love them with breakfast. We love them in sandwiches and salads. We love them to garnish soups and tacos. We love them plain (Daniel insists on a whole "avo" every day). We really really love them in guacamole. This simple recipe is delicious:

  • Four avocados
  • Juice of two lemons
  • Cilantro (I use maybe half a bunch)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Any tasty additions to please (i.e. tomatoes)
Mash avos with a fork. Stir in lemon juice. Snip in cilantro. Mix in sea salt and any extras. Gobble it all up!


  1. Delicious! I love these green guys. I feel like you were reading my mind with this post. Geo and I bought some avocados yesterday, around the same time I was thinking about green smoothies and wondering what all this lovely green addition would bring to the mix nutrition-wise. Thanks for letting me know :)

  2. There's a new Sri Lankan restaurant in Provo with a delicious avocado drink.

    I discovered these all too late in life. One downside to Utah... avocados "don't just grow on trees" here.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I made this guac recipe tonight and we loved it! Heavy on the lemon. Perfect.