When we moved to Los Angeles, I didn’t have a car and regularly walked to the “downtown” shopping area about a mile from our apartment building. Along the way, there was a tree that would deposit produce on the sidewalk. Never did I consider urban foraging because the objects on the sidewalk were as foreign to me as produce from another country. They were avocados. I had no knowledge of how to tell if they were ripe, whether I would like them or how to prepare them. It was also the mid 90’s and the internet wasn’t exactly the wealth of information it is now. The only thing I knew about avocados is that everything that I ordered in California came with avocados on it. BLT’s weren’t just BLT’s. They were BLT-A’s. Uck. If I was craving a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, I didn’t want an avocado infringing on my taste buds. I got to the point that I actually asked if it came with avocados because it wasn’t always written on the menu.
A few years later, I was introduced to a guacamole salsa that would sway my opinions moving forward. A restaurant in the high desert was famous for the recipe that was basically 2 diced tomatoes, 2 smushed avocados, 1 chopped white onion, 1 clove of garlic and salt and pepper to taste. It was heavenly served with chips.
Unfortunately, I’ve always been baffled by avocados. How do I know when they are ripe? How and where do I store them? How do I cut them? What can I use them in besides guacamole? Thanks to Avocados from Mexico, I had the opportunity to get many of my questions answered by Chef Pati Jinich, host of Pati’s Mexican Table via video! In addition, they forwarded me answers to some other common questions.
Question: Are avocados considered a fruit or a vegetable?
Chef Pati: Avocados are considered a fruit.
Question: What advice would you give to parents of picky eaters?
Chef Pati: My advice to parents of picky eaters is to set an example for your children. When they see you eating something, they’ll likely want to try it as well.
Question: How can you incorporate avocados from Mexico if you are following a specific diet?
Chef Pati: Fresh avocados fit a variety of different meal plans because of their nutritional content. Avocados are nutrient dense and are sodium and cholesterol free. They can be used in recipes to replace dairy and address lactose allergy or vegan lifestyle.
Question: What is your favorite way to prepare avocados?
Chef Pati: I prepare avocados in so many different ways that it’s hard to pick a favorite! I especially love to incorporate fresh avocados from Mexico into my breakfast meals, because it’s a great way to jump start your day. One of my favorite ways to use avocados is topped in sandwiches or rolled in tortillas, like in the Melted Cheese Scramble & Avocado Breakfast Burrito.
You can find a lot of recipes on the Avocados from Mexico website but I decided to ask some blogger friends for recommendations on their favorite avocado recipes. Check out the creative recipes they sent me:
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pretzels and Avocado by This Mama Loves
Pear and Apricot Dessert Guacamole by Frosted Fingers
Salted Chocolate Banana Avocado Pudding by Mama Dweeb
Brownies with a Secret Avocado by Mom and More
What’s your favorite way to eat avocados?