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AVOCADO – They’veavocado been around for over eight thousand years! They are a fruit, not a vegetable, but eaten with more savory than sweet foods. A good source of Vitamin C, folate, and potassium (60% more than bananas!). A diet rich in avocados is known to reduce LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol levels. Yes, they are high in fat, but it’s good fat. Your body loves good fat, and helps makes you feel full. Avocados make a great dip (aka guacamole), can be chunked in a salad, creamed into a salad dressing, or spread on sandwich bread to replace (less-healthy) mayonnaise. Check out our recipe for kale salad – a great use for your avocado.

Look for avocados that are heavy for their size. The California Hess is pear-shaped with thin, bumpy skin that is dark green to purple / black. Its flesh is oily and buttery in taste. The Florida Avocado, also called Alligator Pear, has smooth, bright green skin. Its flesh is sweeter and more watery than the Hess. Both are ripe if the fruit feels soft when pressed.

Store hard, unripened avocados in a warm place. Store soft, ripened avocados in the refrigerator.

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