Avocados can be used for so much more than just guacamole. Not that I don’t enjoy guacamole – I just don’t like to limit my enjoyment of avocados to merely being scooped up by tortilla chips.
Did you know that the avocado is considered a fruit, not a vegetable? Many cultures serve avocados for dessert adding sugar to the fruit. This is not something I eat all the time because I do like avocados with my savory foods, but I encourage you to keep an open mind. I’ve enjoyed avocado ice cream and find it a delicious addition to fruit salads, however, I understand that it can be a big taste transition to someone who’s only served avocados with their tacos.
Here’s an easy way to combine a sweet taste with your avocado by adding pineapple and orange juice. Besides, this recipe entails little risk since it just uses one avocado and is a smoothie so it is easy to share with fellow adventurous taster. Sweet, creamy, and healthy!
Makes 1 large smoothie
1 small ripe avocado (pitted and removed from peel)
1/2 cup diced pineapple
1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 – 3/4 cup orange juice
1 - 2 Tbsp agave syrup
Puree all ingredients in blender until smooth. Adjust the amounts of juice and agave syrup depending on your preference for taste and texture.
Pour into glass and serve right away.
Tips for selecting fresh avocados:
The best way to tell if an avocado is ready for immediate use is to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. Ripe, ready-to-eat fruit is firm yet yields slightly to gentle pressure. The color doesn’t tell you enough about ripeness – the Hass avocado will turn darker as it ripens, but other varieties remain light-green even when ripe. Avoid avocados with dark blemishes on the skin (like many in the above picture) or overly soft flesh.
If you don’t want to serve avocados for a couple of days, purchase hard, unripened fruit. I find that leaving the avocados on my kitchen counter is adequate for ripening, but some folks swear by the process of putting the fruit in a paper bag and adding an apple or banana to help it ripen faster.