Avocado, the Alligator Pear

Avocado, the Alligator Pear

Did you know that the avocado is sometimes called the Alligator Pear? Or that Brazilians add avocado to their ice cream? There are lots of fun facts about avocados, but one thing we know for sure is that they are nutritious.

The mono-unsaturated fats in avocado makes this fruit a heart-healthy and cancer-fighting choice. And, avocados can actually help you better absorb the nutrients in vegetables. Avocado salad, anyone?

Avocado, the Alligator Pear

Add the vitamin K, fiber, B vitamins and potassium in avocado and you've got yourself one nutritional powerhouse.I personally love the taste of avocado and I eat it often, sometimes in salads, sometimes on crackers, and sometimes even alone. But if you don't care for the taste of avocado, there are recipes for you, too.

Indonesian Avocado Shake -- I'd use coconut milk instead of the sweetened condensed milk, but whatever you choose to use, the taste of the avocado will be disguised while leaving all of its creamy goodness and nutrients intact. Did I mention there is chocolate in this one?

Dips, Dressings and Guacamoles -- Clever combinations, like pineapple and avocado, that will hide or enhance the taste of the avocado.

Avocado Salads -- Get the most from the veggies in the salads and try Zucchini Avocado Salad, Avocado and Asparagus Salad, Avocado and Papaya Salad or my very own Asparagus Strawberry Salad with Avocado.

Add avocado to Mexican dishes and use avocado instead of mayonnaise on sandwiches.

Try Avocado Bread (its a quick bread); you may never want zucchini bread again.

Last, but certainly not least . . . is anyone up for trying Avocado Fudge? It is a vegan recipe that is rich and creamy.

What's your favorite way to eat avocados?

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