AVOCADO, aguacate, super food,

Avocado Day

By Caroline Nice

Carolyn Nice cocinando - Cooking

Carolyn Nice cocinando - Cooking

Considered a Super Food there are many reasons to celebrate the National Avocado Day. One of the secret weapons in an avocado is the high oleic acid content. This moisturizing fatty acid helps keep skin soft and hydrated but also supports the regeneration of damaged skin cells reducing redness and irritation.

The avocado is actually a single-seeded berry. Spanish explorers in South America named the exquisite berry Aguacate, which was a corruption of the Nahauti (Aztec) word ahuacati = testicle, so named because of its shape. The ancients considered the avocado a symbol of fertility and for some, it has become a symbol of love.

Interesting fact: Pollination. The flowers of the avocado tree are referred to as perfect, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs. Nevertheless, avocados are usually not self-pollinated, because the male and female parts are not open at the same time. Though some avocado trees will self-pollinate, they will fruit better if cross-pollinated with a different type.
Therefore, it is advisable to plant two different types at least 20-30 feet apart.
Nutrition: Excellent option for vegans and vegetarian since it is high in fiber; gluten, lactose, and cholesterol free.

Avocado Soup Recipe

3-5 ripe avocados
2 cups chicken stock
5-6 cloves garlic
1=2 Tbsps. lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream (crema dulce)
Salt & pepper to taste
Serves 6-8
Combine all in a blender, making sure you only use unbruised flesh of ripe avocados.
Store in the fridge. Can be made a day ahead. DO NOT FREEZE!
Before serving, blend and taste. You may need more salt, pepper or lemon juice.
Serve in chilled soup bowls and garnish with chives or parsley. Chopped cooked egg yolks & croutons may be passed separately.

Buen provecho!

Contact: Carolyn Nice – fincanice@gmail.com

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