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A Little More Avocado Please!

Growing and Storing Avocados

As an enthusiastic lover of avocados there have been many times I have paced up and down past the fruit bowl waiting for one to hurry up and ripen.
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Avocados only ripen after being picked from the tree as mature fruits. I have found the process is speeded up by keeping it in a brown bag, a closed drawer or with bananas whose ethylene gas hastens the ripening. If possible I solve the waiting problem by buying several at a time mixing a selection of ripe, half ripe and hard to see me through a few days.If for some reason you do not eat a whole avocado in one sitting, (strange), the uneaten part should be stored in the fridge either resting with the cut part on a plate or sprinkled with some lemon juice to prevent oxidization and that yucky brown appearance. If they do go brown however this does not mean it is bad and the dark part can be scraped off with a knife to reveal the green fresh part underneath.

Avocados can be grown, even in temperate climates as an indoor plant. These mini-trees will not sprout fruits in cooler environments as they are suited to hot and tropical places. I can definitely relate to this! In the tropics a full avocado tree will grow from seed but takes 4-6 years to mature into a fruit bearing plant. For commercial growers grafting the trees is a preferable and faster option and gives more of a guarantee on the quality of fruit.At present the tree in my garden is dropping many of the immature little fruits on to my roof. I was getting frustrated at the thought of them all going to waste but have been reassured that there are plenty more on the branches and that this dropping process is just the trees way of lightening its load in order to have enough space and nutrients to nurture the chosen ones to full maturity. I certainly hope so as I have many plans for them!Okay I think I’ve fully indulged my passion for avocados in these past few weeks. I do hope you will share any additional information and most importantly enjoy all the benefits of the delicious avocado whilst it is in season.

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Eating, Meeting and Greeting at the Saturday Market

The Saturday Market

At the weekend I’m tempted to turn off the alarm and sleep in late but Saturday morning is an occasion to rise early, take out shopping bags and head to the market. And the earlier the better, as all the best of Dominica’s fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers are beautifully displayed over an array of tables and it’s the early birds that get the cream of the crop.

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Even if I arrive to town somewhat sleepy, the Roseau market is a vibrant occasion that soon awakes all the senses. The hot sun beats down on the occasion and the market is alive with early morning bustle. Vendors call out to attract customers to their best offers and the sugarcane seller is busy pushing hard sticks of cane through the machine to yield bottles and cups of the sweet brown liquid that sell immediately.
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A Cause for Celebration!

Today I happily welcomed back a long lost friend into my life. It seems like ages since we were last together and I have been, almost desperately, craving the reappearance of my dearest one.

Well, yesterday afternoon, my much-missed comrade returned, as fat and pear-shaped as always but beautiful nonetheless.

Of course my favourite pal was instantly invited to dinner and took pride of place at the table as we celebrated the joyous return – Avocados are back in season!!

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Avocados are just so delicious and nourishing that it is hard for me to live without them. In fact they are one of nature’s most perfect foods and the Guinness Book of Records names them as the most nutritious fruit in the world!! (Yes they are a fruit and botanically classified as a berry) Avo’s, as they are affectionately known, are an amazing health food, containing 60% more potassium than bananas and more than 20 nutrients, including vitamins E, B6, K and C.

As part of a healthy diet, avocados can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. The high fibre content is good for the bowels and optimal digestive function. Avocado has also been revered as a sexual stimulant and the name stems from the Aztec word ‘ahuacatl’, which means testicle – a reference to its shape as it hangs from the tree! With all that nutritional goodness packed inside it stands to reason that it would enhance every bodily function!!Many people, especially dieters, have steered away from eating avocados due to their high fat content but not all fat is the same and the fat in avocados is good fat! Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, especially oleic acid, which is easily metabolized by the body. They also offer the great benefit of making nutrients from other vegetables more easily available to the body. This is clear evidence and justification for eating them with everything! There are many different varieties of avocados and generally the ones grown in the Caribbean are a little lower in fat than others.

There is so much to rave about avocados that I’ll have to continue next week with more delectable uses and vital information! Hope you can find an avocado to munch on in the meantime.

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Eat and Rub it in – The Many Uses of Avocados

Avocadoes a Super Food

Last week I could hardly contain my excitement at the return of avocados. Although they are still fairly sparse as the season warms up, I’m scouting for them everywhere in order to delight my taste buds, stomach and skin with their goodness.Because they are so high in fat and fibre avocados add a filling depth to salads. I also love them as a snack on roasted plantain or spread onto breadfruit with a little hot pepper sauce. These are very simple ways and there are thousands of other, more complex and creative, recipes to try. I just found a new recipe to make guacamole in a Caribbean style which I am definitely going to experiment with as soon as I can. Interestingly, I just found out that guacamole will keep well in the freezer, something I had not really thought of doing before. So there’s no doubt what my little freezer space is going to be crammed with in a few months time as I attempt to extend the duration of my darling avocados oh-too-short seasonal appearance.Avocados also make a great starter food for babies after 6 months of age as they are slowly introduced to solid food. This is useful to know as my bulging 8-month pregnancy nears its culmination and in a few more months I’ll have a baby to feed with something other than breast milk. In the meantime I’ve read that all the good nutrition I’m getting from eating the nutrient dense avocados will enrich the breast milk too!

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When season hits full peak and vendors are practically giving avocados away, I will buy extra and rub them into my skin and hair to be nourished and conditioned with the rich supply of oils. Avocado oil is one of the very best oils for skin as it penetrates deeply into the skin tissue, helps increase the amount of collagen and can also be used as a sunscreen. I find eating avo’s really helps with my eczema, from the inside out, and the external application of it is also fantastic for dry skin complaints. Avocados can be used in a number of home made beauty recipes and create a foundation for an all natural spa experience!So enjoy the avocados on your plate and in your bathroom and please share any good recipes for either food or cosmetics.
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