Avocados grow year round in the U.S. yet only one variety is truly available year round and that is the Haas. Perhaps that is why it is so well known. This time of year the Haas Avocado is less available close to home. That does not mean that avocados are limited, it just means that other tasty varieties are coming into season. Most Haas you will find in a market today are from Chile, Mexico or Equator. We prefer to buy as close to home as possible and this time of year that means buying other varieties of Avocado some of the time. You may remember a giant avocado with brighter green skin and a round shape in your box several weeks ago. That tasty fruit was a Reed Avocado. This week you will find the Fuerte.
The Fuerte Avocado is the largest avocado crop grown in California. Although California is a producer so are several other mild climate states. Organically grown avocados are said to be the most flavorful by many chefs. Fuerte is often top chefs first pick as the highest quality avocado available when in season.
Nutritionally speaking avocadoes are well known for being high in fat. This is true, as the average avocado contains approximately 26 grams of fat. The fat is heart healthy monounsaturated fat. The fruit is cholesterol free and contains many beneficial nutrients. An avocado has about 15 grams of dietary fiber or about 3 grams for a serving (1/5th of the fruit or 1.1 ounce). One serving has 55 calories. Avocados provide more than 25 essential nutrients which include; potassium, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Foliate, Pentatonic acid, Prosperous, Magnesium, zinc, copper and magnese. Avocados also act as a nutrient booster by enabling your body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients such as alpha and beta carotene and lutien when eaten with other foods. Enjoy!
If you are an avocado lover you can add a standing order to your box and we will include an avocado each week when available. We have many other items available for addition to your order. Next weeks recipe features Risotto made using Arborio rice. You can purchase this variety as well as white or brown jasmine and short grain brown rice in addition to your box. Call, e-mail or go to the web Menu to see many other items available. If you do not see something you want please let us know. We are happy to source it for you.
Mash until creamy and then blend with 1-2 T. Non-fat Green Yogurt for a creamy spread. Great on sandwiches like Turkey Avocado Club.