Avocados are also called alligator pears because of their shape and the color of their skin.
Types of Avocados
California varieties of avocado are referred to as Haas. Has avocados have a rough skin and range in color from dark green to black. The darker the skin color, the more ripe the avocado. California avocados are available year-round.
Florida varieties of avocado are larger than California varieties. They have a smooth, bright green skin. Florida avocados are lower in calories and fat than other varieties and are rich in vitamin A and potassium. They are available from August to January.
Picking an avocado
When buying an avocado, It is best to pick a slightly unripe one and let it ripen at home. Slightly unripe avocados are have a dark green skin. Avocados ripen quickly when placed near bananas and apples. If you need to buy a ripe avocado, look for one that has a black skin, is a little soft to touch but not too mushy. Avoid avocados with cracked skin and soft spots. If the pit rattles in an avocado when you shake it, the avocado is too ripe.
For a more healthful meal, replace butter with avocado spread, or use avocado dip and raw vegetables to replace your chips and ranch dressing.
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