Although historically a drought in California probably raise their prices to a new level, the popularity of avocados that would not hurt. It is no coincidence: this creamy green fruit containing monounsaturated fats, fiber, folic acid, and phytosterols- great for health, from whatever side it any look.
8 tricks for avocado lovers
But even this luxury fruit must be able to choose and store. We’ll show 8 tricks on how to do it and not only.
The best variety of avocado
Although the nature of the over 400 varieties of avocado, the most common in stores – Haas, small to medium in size with green-black skin and soft creamy flesh, suitable for anything. The harvest of this variety harvested avocados throughout the year. Florida avocados are larger, with a green-skinned, they can be found in stores from January to June. They more watery and less creamy pulp than Haas, so they are suitable for salads, sandwiches, but not guacamole. In any case, do not bother buying organic avocados as rough skin still does not go into the food.
How to choose a ripe avocado
Many define maturity of avocado, lightly pressing on the fruit. This is not the best way of checking because it causes “bruises” in the pulp and accelerates its deterioration. Instead, break off the “tail” of avocado. If the area beneath the green – an avocado is ripe when brown – the fruit of a little old, “tail” is not broken off – even avocados ripen and mature.
As a “ripen” solid avocados in minutes
If avocados to the ideal moment not enough 1-2 days, but you need one now, bake it in the oven for a few minutes will make it more soft and creamy. Slice the fruit, sprinkle with lemon juice, a little salt and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 300 ° F (150 ° C) or until it becomes softer. After that you can add to the avocado guacamole, salads and sandwiches.
As a “ripen” solid avocados per night
If you need avocados tomorrow, but it is still too hard, put it in a paper bag with an apple, banana or pear and close. These fruits emit ethylene – a gas which accelerates ripening.
How to store the avocado
If you buy a ripe avocado, keep them whole, without cutting, in the refrigerator. Cold temperatures will not protect mature fruit from turning to mush, but will postpone this unwanted metamorphosis for a couple of days.
How to store the chopped avocados
Dispatched already sliced avocado refrigerator in an airtight container with half the bulb, it will retain its green and tasty enough for another day. You can also rub a slice of avocado with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, which also extend his life in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a day. It will not be so green, but still tasty. But to keep the avocado in a bowl of water is not necessary – on darken and turn to mush.
Bake with avocado
Reduce the calories and improve the nutritional value of your biscuits, bread and other bakery products, can replace conventional oil mashed avocado in a ratio of 1: 1.
Overripe avocado and eat it can not be? Do not rush to throw it away, because it is still full of healthy fats and vitamin E from which your hair will be crazy! Mash half an avocado, apply using a comb through the hair after shampooing, soak a few minutes, then thoroughly rinse hair.