Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Avocados

Recipes, storing tips, plus some fun new facts about these creamy, delicious treats

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Avocados
Jess Chou

What are some unusual ways to eat avocados that people might not know about?

Avocados are a wonderful addition to eggs in the morning. Try some slices in an omelette or mash up an avocado, spread it on crusty toast, and top it off with a fried egg.

Avocados are a great substitute for dairy in smoothies. They give you a creamy mouthfeel and a boost of nutrients without the saturated fat. Try blending pineapple chunks in juice, an avocado, and ice for a light, creamy beverage.

Avocados are great in a fruit salad — it is a fruit after all! Strawberries, apples, mango, papaya, pineapple, and banana are all great with avocado. Toss a few of these and avocado chunks with lemon juice and chopped mint for a tropical fruit salad.


Are there any other facts about avocados that people may not know?  

  • Avocados are cholesterol-free
  • Besides lemon or lime juice, oil also keeps avocados from browning.
  • The pit in the guacamole tip is a myth!
  • Avocado leaves smell like anise and are used to flavor Mexican food such as beans and fish.


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A creamy sauce balances a stuffed, spicy pepper.

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Susannah Lewis's picture

To ripen avocados: doesn't have to be in a brown paper bag with banana as stated; just put them in a bowl next to bananas in a warm room and enjoy the look of them too. Barely press a finger on the skin...too much will cause a bruise. If there is give it is ripe. Avocados with "canyons" towards the top aren't going to be perfect. Always pick the unripe from the grocery bin...they might last two days until ripe. Usually one day depending on warmth.

Cutting and then saving the ripe ones" Using a large butcher knife cut from side up around the top and down, meeting the original cut. Open it by turning the two pieces in opposite direction. To remove seed just deliver a quick cut to the seed itself and turn; easy!
Best way to save the half not eaten (yet) is to leave the pit in, refrigerate covered. Lemon is okay but not necessary.

lili's picture

please don't laugh, I just had a half of Avacado with my salad and left the other half with the pit inside in the fridge. The first thing I did before writing this to you, I ran into the fridge and did exactly what you have mentioned in the article with the other half. I felt very pleased...

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