Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family.There are many different types of avocados with variations in peel, taste and size. Some common varieties include Fuerte, Haas, Zutano, Ettinger, Bacon, Reed and Pinkerton.
Avocados offer fiber, good fats, vitamins and minerals and as an added benefit help to boost the absorption of vitamins from other foods.
How do you know if an avocado is ripe? Give it a squeeze. Ripe, ready-to-eat avocados will be firm, but yield to gentle pressure. Enjoy cold in salads, sandwiches or beverages. Enjoy warm in entrees. Toss prepared avocados lightly in lemon juice to prevent browning from oxidation. Mashed avocados lightly mixed with lemon juice can be frozen for several months.
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