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Avocado: Slicing The Miracle Fruit

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Alligator Pear

Did you know that the avocado is a fruit? Otherwise known as ‘alligator pear’, the avocado is grown on a tree and is loaded with nutrients that provide tremendous benefits to your body.  The nutrients are only part of the experience of consuming avocados; shopping for them and preparing them to eat is another story.

Choosing Ripeness

Those who don’t normally eat avocados find it difficult choosing the proper ripeness when shopping at the market. The look and feel I usually shop for have these characteristics: slight firmness and not too brown in color. As I shop for the perfect fruit, I always consider my technique when slicing open the fruit to remove the seed with no mess. You don’t want it too firm because then you just don’t get the most enriching flavor. As well, the seed will not be easy to remove.

Nutrients

To battle the challenge of preparing them for eating, it will all be worth the challenge knowing the incredible nutrients they contain; which include the following:

  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Nutrient Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6.
  • Vitamin E
  • Small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, and other minerals.

Technique

To begin my slicing challenge, I wash the exterior of the avocado before my knife touches it. Using a papertowl, I gently tap to dry the fruit.  Place the knife and start at the top of the avocado and slice downward and around back near the top – to slice it into two halves.  Take one of the halves that contain the seed in one hand, using the knife with your other hand, do a quick and straight chop into the center of the seed and gently turn. As you turn the knife, gently squeeze the fruit and push to get the seed out.

The Seed

With the proper ripeness, the seed should slide right out.  I then take a spoon and place it into the inside edge of the peel and gently slide throughout the lining of the avocado half.

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The seed can also be used to plant and grow an avocado tree. There appears to be some prep work and patience. Learn how to grow an avocado tree from the seed here:

Now the challenge of slicing and preparing the avocado for consumption is ready for salads, sandwiches, guacamole, and more! The flavor they add to your meals is only a small part of what Avocados provide. Did you know that Avocados contain more potassium than bananas?  According to healthline.com, “Avocados are actually very high in potassium… with a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) serving containing 14% of the RDA, compared to 10% in bananas, which are a typical high potassium food.”.. Read complete article here: 

Avocado Goodness

When I first began consuming avocados, I certainly made my share of messes when attempting to slice it. The fear of tackling that alligator pear for meal time always put fear in my mind. Now, I seek and find the proper ripe fruit, and slice it with ease.

Source:
healthline.com
inhabitat.com

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