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Flavourful and nutrient-dense, avocados are a versatile ingredient to have handy in the kitchen. When soft and ripe, they have a rich and creamy flesh that can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes.
1. JUST AN AVOCADO
For avocado purists eating a half of a plain avocado sprinkled with lemon juice or your favorite seasoning is all you need.
2. AS AN AVOCADO SPREAD
Spread an avocado on toast, for a rich and velvety cholesterol-free topping. It’s the spread that packs a serious punch!
3. GUACAMOLE OR AVOCADO DIP
Even one avocado can make a great snack with chips or veggie sticks. Diced or mashed, fresh avocados make one fantastic dip.
5. AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
Avocado is a smoothie essential as it lends instant creaminess. Combine with yoghurt, banana, spinach, your choice of sweetener and ice and you have a nutritious glass of goodness.
HOW TO STORE
Once you’ve found your perfect avocado it is important to have some simple tips ready for enjoying the maximum taste and shelf life of the fruit.
It’s best to plan ahead and buy avocados a day or two in advance of when you plan to use them, so they have time to ripen properly.
- Store avocados at room temperature until they’re fully ripe – It generally takes from four to seven days for a hard avocado to fully ripen (they don’t ripen on the tree).
- Store fully ripe avocados in the refrigerator – By placing them in the fridge in a plastic bag you can keep the fruit well for another three to five days.
- Keep cut-up avocados tightly wrapped – Cut avocados oxidise quickly and turn brown. But it doesn’t mean you can’t eat them. Once cut up, wrap tightly in plastic wrap before refrigerating — sprinkling a small amount of lemon or lime juice onto the exposed avocado flesh will also help prevent discoloration.
- Keep leftovers in the freezer – Avocados freeze very well, with just a little bit of extra preparation. Puree the avocados with half a tablespoon of lemon juice for every avocado to prevent browning. Place the puree in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags and use within six months for best quality.