The Avocado belongs to the family of both fruits and vegetables and comes from the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Central America. The best thing with avocados is that you can combine them with any type of food! The avocado tree can grow to 65ft (20m) and doesn’t produce fruits after 4-7 years. This is one of the reasons why avocados are so expensive!
How to know when the avocado is ready to consume?
The avocado is ready to eat if the fruit stone inside moves when you shake it. If you bought an avocado that is not ready yet, wrap it up in a newspaper together with another fruit (for example apple or banana). The avocado will ripen more rapidly (2-3 days). Otherwise, you can let your avocado at room temperature with no direct sunlight and it will ripen in above one week.
If your avocado is already sliced, we recommend to preserve it by tossing it in lemon juice, tomato or orange juice (vinegar can work too).
If you are looking for the opposite effect (to avoid ripening), let the avocado inside the fridge (4-6ºC) or wrapped the avocado in plastic film.
The benefits for the health
Avocados are rich in oleic acid, a fatty acid that helps in keeping good cholesterol levels. They also contain folic acid, which is recommended for pregnant women as it prevents fetal malformations.
Avocados are also rich in fibers which give you the sensation to be full, relieve constipation and balance your blood sugar level.
The magnesium and potassium contained in avocados improve the nervous and muscular systems but also the immune system in general.
We can also add that avocados protect your skin and are a good anti-aging method. Moreover, the avocado is the ideal food for those who want to gain some weight.