It contains nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. It’s cholesterol-free, sodium-free, naturally good in fat, did we mention nutritious, and a good source of fiber and folate per 50 gram serving (about one third of a medium avocado).
While it’s become an American staple, smashing avocados into guacamole is just one of the infinite ways you can put this creamy, delicious green fruit to good use.
Why not take that avocado to the next level.
This delicious pineapple-stuffed avocado recipe is perfect as a healthy lunch entree or a light dinner, especially on those warm summer days when you don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen.
It’s a fabulous, completely unique recipe that you’ll love. And seriously, when you combine shrimp and pineapple with avocados, you can’t go wrong.
Getting To Know The Avocado
What do you think? Is the avocado a fruit or vegetable? You might be inclined to call it a vegetable, because of its green hue and savory taste. And, because we have been told that. But the avocado is technically a fruit, and even more specifically, a single-seeded berry.
Getting to know the avocado includes knowing the variety. Why so? Because no two avocado varieties are the same. There will be slight differences in size, color, and shape depending on the variety. The appearance of a ripe avocado will vary based on the avocado you are selecting.
Different varieties are harvested during different parts of the season. The different varieties of avocados include:
- Bacon avocados – usually available late fall into the spring and are considered to be a mid-winter variety
- Fuerte avocados are harvested from late fall through spring
- Gwen avocados are harvested during fall and winter
- Hass (most common found in markets) and Lamb Hass avocados are harvested year-round
- Pinkerton avocados are harvested from early winter through spring
- Reed avocados are available summer and early fall
- Zutano avocados are harvested the beginning of September through early winter
How To Choose A Ripe Avocado
Fresh avocados are unique from some of the other varieties of avocados because they can change from a dark-green color to a deep purplish almost black hue when ripe.
Although skin color can help in the initial visual selection of fresh avocados it is not always the best indicator for ripeness.
Ripeness is ultimately determined by consistency. Color can sometimes be misleading as avocado “softening” can occur at a varying rate, independent of the color.
Steps To Picking A Fresh Avocado
Step 1 – When comparing a group of fresh avocados, check the outside color of the skin of the avocados for any that are darker in color than the others. These may be riper than fresh avocados with lighter skin. Check the outer skin of the avocado for any large indentations as this may be a sign that the fruit has been bruised.
Step 2 – Place the avocado in the palm of your hand.
Step 3 – Gently squeeze without applying your fingertips as this can cause bruising and check the firmness of the avocado. See tips below for checking ripeness using “feel.”
Note: Avocado color does not always indicate ripeness. Ripe avocados will yield to firm gentle pressure in the palm of your hand.
Nutritional Facts About Avocados
Avocados are one of a few high-protein fruits. Packing 4 grams of protein.
They don’t contain every single amino acid required in the body’s protein-building process, but they do but they contain 18 of the essential ones.
It s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. And is a good food source for controlling your blood pressure. As it has sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
The antioxidants, amino acids and essential oils inside an avocado can help repair damaged hair, and moisturize dry skin.
It can also treat sunburns and help in minimizing wrinkles, as it contains vitamins C and E. Both vitamins are key players in maintaining collagen.
In the right ratios, you can replace butter with mashed avocado for healthier chocolate chip cookies, banana bread and brownies.
But today we are going to use the avocado to prepare: Pineapple Shrimp Stuffed Avocados