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AVOCADOS; DOYOU LIKE THEM????????????????

posted at 3/13/2011 2:29 PM EDT
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 Do you like avocados?They are botanically a fruit that due to its nutty flavor &   buttery texture  we commonly use as a vegetable, in salads  and  on sandwiches They are a good source ( up to 16%) of ”healthy” fats (mostly  unsaturated) so you can enjoy them in moderate amounts even if you are on a low fat diet. Also a source of   Vit  A, Vit C,Vit. E, thiamin& riboflavin ( B VITAMINS); also good amounts of  minerals; iron & potassium. An average size avocado contains167 calories. .Here’s a little history of this   food, once prized (for it’s strength giving) by  the Incas & the  Aztecs;
Over 100 avocado  varieties have been planted experimentally, of which only ten are grown commercially.
They were originally called alligator pears. And were believed to have  to have medicinal properties.
They are a native American fruit,   thought to have oriiginated? [ 3rd century BC] in Mexico & Guatemala.
According to Spanish explorers, in 1519 the Aztecs & Incas grew them & saw them as a source of strength. 
Other common varieties are Jalna; Zultano & Bacon .
in 1833, horticulturist Henry Perrine planted avocados in southern Florida.
Spanish missionaries probably introduced them into California.
At the turn of the century  the California ranches were mostly wiped out by  " 
the great freeze of 1913 and of the more than 100 varieties that were then being grown,only one varriety fuerte, which means strength in Spanish, survived.It is pronounced by produce men as few'-er-tee & is now one of the most popular  varieties [  50% of the entire California harvest]. 
TheBACON, variety  issurprisingly (for its name) lower infat;therefore lower in calories & creamytexture. 
The CALAVO; isn't a variety of avocado.  It's a trade name, applied  to  a quality fruit grown by members of a large California cooperative
Winter is the major season &  the supply reaches its peak in January = best pricesSmile 
Unlike  cherries,pears,peaches & plums, which need to be picked at "just the right moment"  Avocados may be left  on the tree for months to allow a fuller flavor & more nutrition to develop.
The main  summer variety is the hass
w/ a thick ,  rough, leathery green skin,when picked, skin tuning  black by he time it's ready for eating!
The hardest time to find good avocados is in SEPTEMBER
!Frown

There is a seedless avocado (pickle  avocado) ; a bite size fuerte;  that's grows on the same trees, but is un-pollinated.
If you enjoy avocados;please share how you choose them; stor them  & serve them.You are now the teachersWink I'm prepared to arn; I'll  also try to  answer any &  all questions from my reference book.
ButI'm counting n the rest of you to offer/shareyourknowlege...I'lonly jump in when I seem to be the only one who can since (I have the book!)
"CLASS DISMISSED"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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posted at 3/13/2011 2:36 PM EDT
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I have enjoyed avocados for many years, ever since we lived in California , where the creamy &  nutty ones were  more readily available at reasonable prices.Now that my dr has suggested  that I increase the fats in my diet;I'm going back to enjoying avocados ( low in saturated fats & extremely satisfying on many sandwiches  &  salads.

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posted at 3/13/2011 4:25 PM EDT
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I think I had my first avocado about 50 years ago!  My grandma used to eat them.  I was introduced to foods that no one in my class had ever tried.  Thinking back this must have been quite a feat for her.  Avocado, she also made curry dishes and pilaf dishes.  Might have have had something to do with the fact that grandpa was English so the use of curry and pilaf was not out of the norm.  I like to think that my grandma had quite a bit to do with the fact that I like to try new things.
Yes I love avocado. 
Did you also know the Haas Avocado was named for a mailman in California that had what was to become known as the Haas in his yard.  He grafted his thus the Haas avocado took off.  At least that is the story I have heard. 

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posted at 3/13/2011 4:26 PM EDT
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I love them, we have them in salads nearly every day.  Also love them in sandwiches.  We are able to get them nearly year round here in California.   
P.S. They make a nice garnish on tortilla soup too!

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posted at 3/13/2011 4:49 PM EDT
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I love avacados -- all of 'em.       99% of the time I made guacamole.

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posted at 3/13/2011 4:49 PM EDT
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I love avocados and we do have them year round in CA. Love to make guacamole!!!
They taste so good!!!!

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posted at 3/13/2011 5:17 PM EDT
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Yes yes yes yes yes did I say yes???? love love love them we call them alligator pears where I come from. Got them off the trees sat on the steps with vinegar, salt and pepper and went at them. Oh yum yum yum. Love them in so many ways. Now I want to go out  to Food Lion and get some, lol.Laughing

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posted at 3/13/2011 5:35 PM EDT
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I love,love,love them even plain with a little salt spinkled on and I eat them scooped out with a spoon.I could eat these until I die from them and they might just kill me.LOL My husband won't even taste them and I finally got my son to taste them and he loves them too.We do prefer the Haas avocado over the larger one from Florida.I always buy them unripe,if you gently push down on your hand ,the fleshy part between your thumb and fore finger,that is what a ripe avocado feels like.If you need them ripe faster,you can put them in a paper bag along with an apple.It should be ripe in a few days.

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posted at 3/14/2011 1:35 PM EDT
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I was in my 20's when I tried my first avocado, when we moved to California, and I was hooked by the first taste. Hass are the best!

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posted at 3/14/2011 2:31 PM EDT
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i like them very much have had then in salad sandwichs  guacamole

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posted at 3/14/2011 2:41 PM EDT
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When I have a nice ripe one I will sometimes use the Avocado as a replacement for mayo on a sandwich.  Very good on a chicken sandwich.

A little off the subject I have a rather large Hosta called Guacamole and it is the color of a nice ripe Avocado.  The light bright green and the darker green all on one leaf.  It is a very pretty hosta.

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posted at 3/14/2011 3:03 PM EDT
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Yup, depends on how they are served however!!

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posted at 3/14/2011 3:15 PM EDT
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Love them! I too like them in sandwiches instead of Mayo. DH hates them so we never fight over them in restaurants.

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posted at 3/14/2011 3:31 PM EDT
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I just love avacados.  I eat them with salt and pepper or on a sandwich and make guacomole. 

A note -  I am making a chicken, black bean, rice casserole for dinner tonight (Monday) and use as topping in place of sour cream. I am out of plain organic yogurt.  The kind without "Beetle Juice"!   lol

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posted at 3/14/2011 6:03 PM EDT
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 Nope;NIKKI; Idid not know that, before:Cool
 How fortunate you are to have been exposed to  a large variety of foods in your youth.   Laughing
 
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I think I had my first avocado about 50 years ago!  My grandma used to eat them.  I was introduced to foods that no one in my class had ever tried.  Thinking back this must have been quite a feat for her.  Avocado, she also made curry dishes and pilaf dishes.  Might have have had something to do with the fact that grandpa was English so the use of curry and pilaf was not out of the norm.  I like to think that my grandma had quite a bit to do with the fact that I like to try new things. Yes I love avocado.  Did you also know the Haas Avocado was named for a mailman in California that had what was to become known as the Haas in his yard.  He grafted his thus the Haas avocado took off.  At least that is the story I have heard. 
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posted at 3/14/2011 6:15 PM EDT
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 YUP,BARBARA; avocaos are good so many ways; especially on salads & in sandwiches.
Which kind( variety ) do you like best?Any tips on picking out a good one?
As I recall( when living in Calif.I never had a bad vocado and  theyy were usually  pretty modrately priced.
Here inN.H. they are often(exept in January)  over $1 each, not yet ripe or  already over-ripe.Frown
I sure miss good avocados being available more often & afordable 
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I love them, we have them in salads nearly every day.  Also love them in sandwiches.  We are able to get them nearly year round here in California.    P.S. They make a nice garnish on tortilla soup too!
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posted at 3/14/2011 6:28 PM EDT
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Thanks,GALE;  lots of good info there Iused to eat them w/ a spoonjust asyou wrote, no needto get fussy & work hard.
 Like BARBARA  mentioned; they are good on top of ( tortila )soup; so pretty too.Wink   I like mine, sliced on top of chili.
In Boise, IDAHO, i  once enjoyed them, halved & filled / crabmeat salad @ a ladies' luncheon;really a lovely dish for company
I was told to let them ripen on top of the refrigerator & hope the cat(s) don't knock them off & roll them around the floorSurprisedI usually ripenthem in a paper bag w/an apple; just as you said; this works for all pitted fruits( plums; peaches, etc.
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I love,love,love them even plain with a little salt spinkled on and I eat them scooped out with a spoon.I could eat these until I die from them and they might just kill me.LOL My husband won't even taste them and I finally got my son to taste them and he loves them too.We do prefer the Haas avocado over the larger one from Florida.I always buy them unripe,if you gently push down on your hand ,the fleshy part between your thumb and fore finger,that is what a ripe avocado feels like.If you need them ripe faster,you can put them in a paper bag along with an apple.It should be ripe in a few days.
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posted at 3/14/2011 6:39 PM EDT
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Hi RENEE; This is TRUE..I guess even CHOCOLATE     Surprised can be messed up in the wrong hands.Yell
what is your favorite way to enjoy an avocado?
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Yup, depends on how they are served however!!
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posted at 3/14/2011 6:41 PM EDT
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 OhDIANNE;  that ( tonight's menu) sounds fantastic!
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I just love avacados.  I eat them with salt and pepper or on a sandwich and make guacomole.  A note -  I am making a chicken, black bean, rice casserole for dinner tonight (Monday) and use as topping in place of sour cream. I am out of plain organic yogurt.  The kind without "Beetle Juice"!   lol
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posted at 3/14/2011 6:49 PM EDT
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Hi NIKKI; any pictures of your lovely hosta plant?
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When I have a nice ripe one I will sometimes use the Avocado as a replacement for mayo on a sandwich.  Very good on a chicken sandwich. A little off the subject I have a rather large Hosta called Guacamole and it is the color of a nice ripe Avocado.  The light bright green and the darker green all on one leaf.  It is a very pretty hosta.
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