12 Tidbits about Avocados

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Avocados are a forgotten food, most people love guacamole as as snack but that’s as far as it goes. Today I’m sharing 12 tidbits about avocados.

  1. Grow the avocado seed into a houseplant. Read more here.
  2. The avocado is known as the alligator pear due to its color and skin.
  3. On Superbowl Sunday, Americans eat 8 million pounds of guacamole. Holy Guacamole! (I couldn’t resist).
  4. Add lemon juice to the unused portion of the avocado before placing it in the refrigerator. This will help it stay yellow.
  5. Test your avocado by gently squeezing it. Ripe, ready-to-eat fruit will be firm yet will yield to gentle pressure.
  6. The monounsaturated fats in an avocado can help lower cholesterol. These are the good fats.
  7. There are over 80 varieties of avocado with “Hass” being the most popular. You’ll probably see hass avocados in the supermarket.
  8. The avocado’s smooth consistency makes it a food that babies can enjoy as one of their first foods along with important nutrients. Read more here.
  9. European sailors traveling to the New World used avocados as their form of butter.
  10. Research has shown that the greatest concentration of carotenoids in avocado occurs in the dark green flesh that lies just beneath the skin. When cutting the skin be sure to include as much of the dark outer flesh as possible.
  11. To speed up the ripening process, place avocado in a paper bag and store at room temperature. Placing an apple with the avocado speeds up the process even more.
  12. Pamper yourself with an avocado facial. Find the recipe in this article.

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/8-healthy-facts-about-avocados
http://www.avocado.org/how-to-choose-and-use/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/255138-avocado-health-facts/
http://health.discovery.com/convergence/truth/foodarticles/avocado.html
 http://www.avocado.org/homemade-avocado-baby-food/
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/avocado-kitchen-cupboard-beauty-tips.html

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