Well, first of all I’m the new girl in town. I’ve never LIVED in California before. My father did for a few years, and when I was a little girl I came to visit him once or twice, but I’ve never actually lived here before. So to reside where I can actually buy avocados 2 for a $1 is astonishing to me. Up until now I’ve been buying them for, roughly, $1 to $1.50 each. Now instead of buying one or two avocado here and there, I pick up at least 4 every time I go to the grocery store. Monday I grabbed 6!
Also, something I just learned and am pretty amazed at is that San Diego County is the avocado capital of the US. California produces 90% of America’s avocado crops, and San Diego produces 60% of the avocados grown in California. The ‘alligator pear’ is so popular and celebrated there is even a 3 day annual California Avocado Festival held in Carpinteria, CA during the first week of October. This year even marks the 25th anniversary of the festival. Looking for a good guacamole recipe? Try this one from last years first place winner in the 2010 Top Guacamole Contest:
5 Local Avocados
4 Jalapenos w/Seeds
1 Bundle of Cilantro
2 Cloves of Garlic
Juice of 1 Lime
Salt & Pepper
Mix well together. Season to taste.
More? Two words. Super. Fruit. That’s right, this fruit is packed with some amazing fruitatious powers. Avocados provide nutrients essential to your body, like Vitamins E, B’s, K, C, and folic acid, to name a few. 60% more potassium than a banana, and 75% of it’s 6 to 7 grams of fiber per average avocado is insoluble. But what about the high fat and calorie content they contain? I understand the worry, but don’t let this be the reason you shy away from the heart loving fruit. The majority of the fat is monosaturated which is proven to help lower cholesterol [LDL]. While containing a good portion of the 13 vitamins essential to the body, it’s no wonder the avocado has been placed in some of the top dietary programs of the world, to include the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Food Pyramid. All of this super packed goodness also means the avocado is one of the most perfect first foods for a baby. You can believe I puree it for my girls, too!
Oh … and did I mention it tastes good too? Sliced on a sandwich, or diced in a salad there’s so many ways to enjoy an avocado. Would you have an avocado milkshake? In countries such as Brazil, Vietnam, and the Philippines the avocado is often pureed with milk and sugar, and sometimes chocolate syrup. I have to admit, I’m curious to try one. That’s truly livin’ la vida ’cado.