Avocados are a fruit that grows in sub-tropical and tropical weather. The skin can be dark green or purple – almost like an eggplant. Its flesh is mild in flavor and, although it is more commonly used in savory dishes, it can also be used in desserts. Avocados are picked when they are not ripe yet and are very hard. In order to eat them, they must be soft to the touch. An over-ripe avocado will have black spots on the skin and is a waste of money. It will not taste well and will typically have thick strands, like roots, inside.
Avocados are rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They are also high in monounsaturated fats which help you lower blood cholesterol.
If you purchase avocados that are too green, place them in a paper bag and place it in a cool place. Your avocados will be ripe within days. The following videos will show you how to dice avocados for salads or salsas.
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