National Avocado Day





I can’t think of a better way to end the month of July than with Avocados and July 31 is National Avocado Day. We have been enjoying loads of Avocados at my house lately. Especially since my mother-in-law brings me bags at a time from her yard. Here’s where I’m going to put in a plug for Florida avocados. They are so mild and light, but the peels are the greatest. When ripe, they peel perfectly. Florida avocados also have less fat per serving than the Haas variety. I love to eat them in my salads, cut into chunks, since Florida avocados are great for holding their shape when cut.



AVOCADO HISTORY

  • In 1696, naturalist, Sir Hans Sloane, named the avocado or alligator pear-tree in his catalog of Jamaican plants.

  • In 1833, horticulturist, Henry Perrine planted the first avocado in Florida.

  • At the turn of the 20th century, U.S. Department of Agriculture botanist, David Fairchild introduced avocados to the U.S. Fairchild said, “The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.”

  • By 1950, avocados were commercially available throughout the United States.


AVOCADOS AND YOUR HEALTH

  • Avocados contain heart-healthy fats.

  • They also fight Alzheimer’s with its Omega 3 fatty acids.

  • Avocado aids in preventing and repairing damage due to its source of Vitamins C, E and K.

  • It’s okay to eat avocados everyday

  • Avocados contain high levels of folate which may help to decrease the risk of depression because folate helps to prevent the build-up of homocysteine, a substance that can impair circulation and delivery of nutrients to the brain.


AVOCADOS AND BEAUTY

Avocado face masks have been recorded since the time of the Aztecs. It’s no wonder the cosmetic industry has utilized this product since the early 20th century.


GUACOMOLE RECIPE

Mash together avocado, chopped onions, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Squeeze the juice of a lime over the mixture (preserves and adds taste. (add cilantro and/or chopped fresh tomatoes if you’re so inclined. Though avocados contain a good fat (monounsaturated fat, which can reduce your risk of heart disease), you should still be careful how much you eat. Guacamole is only about 35 calories per tablespoon but if you are watching your fat intake, this can add up.


Ways to use guacomole:

  • Dip

  • sandwich spread (in place of mayo)

  • dressing for a salad

  • additional taco filler

  • to make Avocado toast


A NOTE ABOUT AVOCADOS FOR OUR ANIMAL LOVERS:

“Dogs cannot eat Avocados since they contain persin, a fungicidal toxin, which can cause serious health problems — even death — in many animals. ... Persin is present in the avocado fruit, pits, leaves, and the actual plant, so all of these parts are potentially poisonous to your dog.” [https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-avocado/]


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