Avocados have their origins in Mexico, growing on trees whose fruit is picked by hand. Thanks to their high fat and calorie content, avocados are sometimes best avoided.

Nutritional highlights of avocados

A medium-sized avocado contains approximately 700 calories and up to 30 grams of fat. Nevertheless, the benefits of avocados far outweigh the "risky" considerations. They stand out for their monounsaturated fat content, which helps to lower "bad" cholesterol levels and maintain optimum heart health. Avocados are versatile and make an excellent first dietary introduction for babies. During their first year, which is crucial to their development, and even into their second year, babies need carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Avocado, when mashed, has a smooth, creamy texture - an ideal food option that will be more readily adopted by babies as they begin their transition to solid foods.
Because it is sodium- and cholesterol-free, the avocado can be described as the "fruit of life". It is also a source of essential vitamins and minerals, such as folates and potassium. Folates, the natural form of folic acid, play a crucial role in the proper development of fetal cells and tissues. Pregnant women should take care to consume a sufficient amount of folic acid every day to prevent neural tube birth defects, such as spina bifida, in their babies. In addition, potassium supports muscle activity, nerve function and energy metabolism, contributing to the growth of babies and children.

Choosing and storing avocados

A ripe avocado ready for consumption should be slightly tender, but should not have any dark areas or cracks. If the avocado has a slightly indented neck, rather than being perfectly rounded on top, it has probably completed its ripening process on the tree and will offer a more pronounced flavor. The average Hass avocado weighs around 1.5 kilograms. Its skin has a dark green to black tint, while that of the Fuerte avocado has a smoother texture and a brighter green color. Fuerte avocados with excessively light, shiny skin should be avoided.
An avocado that is still firm can ripen in a few days if placed in a paper bag or fruit basket at room temperature. As the fruit matures, the skin tends to darken. Avocados should not be refrigerated until they are fully ripe. Once ripe, however, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. When refrigerated, avocados should be kept intact and not sliced, to avoid oxidation of the flesh caused by exposure to air.

Tips for preparing avocados

Create a tasty version of traditional guacamole by mixing chopped avocados, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice and spices. Transform your sandwiches by spreading slices of ripe avocado in place of mayonnaise. Add chopped avocado as a garnish to enhance your black bean soup. For a delectable and nourishing salad, combine avocado slices with fennel, oranges and fresh mint.

Why choose organic avocados?

Organic avocados are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or herbicides, using only natural fertilizers or compost made from organic materials. organic matter. The seeds used are also organic, guaranteeing that they do not come from genetically modified organisms.

Recipes with avocados

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