Take a bed of fresh baby salad greens...
Add sliced fresh tomatoes, black olives and broccoli...
Slice fresh avocado in half and remove peel...
Stuff with freshly made tuna salad...
Add salt, pepper, and a little lemon juice...
then grab your fork and savor the flavors!
Some Fun Facts about Avocados (source: http://www.avocado.org/)
- Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family.
- Avocados are sodium- and cholesterol-free and have only five grams of fat per serving, most of it the monounsaturated kind.
- Avocados were once a luxury food reserved for the tables of royalty, but now California avocados are enjoyed around the world by people from all walks of life.
- Brazilians add avocados to ice cream
- Filipinos puree avocados with sugar and milk for a dessert drink.
- The avocado is also called an Alligator Pear because of its pear-like shape and green skin.
- Avocado is a corruption of the Spanish word aguacate, which is in turn a corruption of the Aztec word ahuacatl.
- California produces about 90% of the nation's avocado crop.
San Diego County is the Avocado Capital of the U.S., producing 60% of all the avocados grown in California.
- There are about 7,000 avocado groves in California; the average size is around 10 acres.
- A single California avocado tree can produce about 500 avocados (or 200 pounds of fruit) a year although usually average about 60 pounds from 150 fruit.
- There are seven varieties of avocados grown commercially in California, but the Hass is the most popular, accounting for approximately 95% of the total crop volume.
California avocados grow year-round.
- About 43% of all U.S. households buy avocados.