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The avocado is a fruit that is native to Central and South America, and it is believed to have originated in Mexico although some reports suggest Africa. Avocados are now widely grown in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Our Avocados are a variety that grow in the Caribbean and Uganda. They are larger in size and creamier than the well known, more common 'Hass' variety.
The seasonality of avocados varies depending on the variety, but they are generally available all year round. To determine if an avocado is ripe, you can gently press it near the stem. If it gives slightly, it's ripe, if it's rock hard, it's not yet ripe. Additionally, the fruit should be picked when it's fully coloured and has a pleasant aroma. To store, it should be kept at room temperature until it is fully ripe, then can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Avocados can be eaten fresh, by slicing or scooping out the flesh and eating it plain or with a sprinkle of salt and lemon juice. They can also be used to make guacamole, a popular Mexican dip. Avocados can also be used in sandwiches, salads, and as a topping for toast or eggs. They can also be blended into smoothies and made into desserts like ice cream and mousse.
Avocados are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, potassium, and Vitamin K, E, C, B5 and B6. They also contain small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, and phytosterols. Eating avocados may also help with weight management, improve cardiovascular health, and support healthy digestion. Additionally, avocados are known for their creamy texture and rich, nutty flavour, which makes them a versatile ingredient in many dishes.