Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

The most important part of picking produce, is making sure that your item is ripe.
I love avocados, but if the avocado isn't ripe, it can ruin a whole dish.  It should be soft, but not mushy.  It should have a creamy texture, and the meat of the fruit should be free of brown spots and blemishes.  If you have a ripe avocado preparation will also be easy: the pit will come out easily with a quick twist of a chef's knife.  

I never realized how much I loved avocados until Rafe's sister Aliza made guacamole the first time I met her.  Rafe often makes his sister's recipe with his own spin with some red onion and cilantro, and I request it often.   But no matter the recipe, a huge part of their guac prowess is their ability to pick out the perfect fruit.

Rafe has been tutoring me for about 3 years, and I think I can finally spot an avocado at the market that will pass his test.  The fruit should be deep and dark, the skin should be nearly black.  It should be soft, but not mushy, and if you press into the skin it should give a bit, and leave a TINY indent.
When making guacamole, or simply topping a sandwich or salad with avocado, following these instructions for picking your fruit will ensure that you have a fresh, ripe avocado with a perfect texture.

What is your favorite avocado recipe?

6 comments:

  1. great post! desperately needing an avocado and only finding unripe ones in the supermarket is the worst thing ever! why are we not in cali or fl??

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  2. Agreed! We need to figure out some way to grow them sustainably and locally!
    When I visited San Fran I couldn't find a bad one!

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  3. I heard that Brazilians eat Avocado with sugar on it. It sounds gross I know, but it's really good!

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  4. I am obsessed with avocado! My boyfriend is a vegetarian, and introduced me to them a long time ago - and I'm so glad he did! One of my favorite ways to use avocado is in sandwiches (as the "condiment").

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  5. I am SO in love with Avocado's -I love them simply sliced and then placed on whole wheat toast, spread with ricotta, and topped with a little red onion and crushed black pepper- delicious!

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  6. THANK YOU for this. I love love love avocados, but I'm horrible at picking them out!!! I feel like I might actually be able to do it now...

    So great meeting you last night! :-)

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