Classic oval shape with distinctive pebbly, textured skin, the Hass avocado has creamy flesh that can be eaten raw, in salads and dips and is delicious added to other dishes.
- Vitamin C
Help Maintain Heart Health with Good Fats
Avocados are rich in healthy, good fats. In fact, avocados are the only fruit apart from olives to contain monounsaturated fats.
Gone are the days of fat-phobia but why exactly are these fats good for us? Healthy fats help you absorb essential fat-soluble nutrients (such as vitamin E), reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, help maintain heart health, promote healthy skin and are great for the waistline.
Boost Immune System, Energy and Overall Health
We need two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables a day. While technically a fruit, avocado is often used like a vegetable. A delicious way to ensure you are getting optimum nutrition from your fruits and vegetables is to make one a serve of avocado.
The unique combination of vitamins and minerals found in avocados can help keep your immune system fighting fit, boost energy, enhance brain power, build bone, aid gut health, support healthy skin and can even put you in a better mood. Basically, avocados make everything better.
It’s little wonder there are so many health benefits when a single serve of avocado (1/4 or 50g) boasts healthy fats, fibre, folate, niacin, vitamins C, B5, E & K, potassium and antioxidants.
This amazing fruit can also boost the nutrition of other healthy foods. Research shows adding avocado to a salad can increase your ability to absorb goodies from other colourful ingredients five-fold (e.g. lycopene from red tomatoes and beta carotene from orange carrots).
Choose avocados depending on when you will use them. Select firm, unripe fruit if you are not going to be using them immediately, otherwise choose avocados that have a little ‘give’ at the stem. Avoid avocados with dark spots or other visible damage on the skin.
How to store and keep avocados:
Store unripe avocados at room temperature. Avocados will ripen if you place them in a paper bag with a ripe banana or apple. Once ripe, avocados can be stored in the crisper section of your fridge for two to three days.
Cut avocados can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for one or two days. If you have halved the avocado, it is best to leave the seed in the stored half to reduce browning of the flesh. You can also sprinkle the cut surface with lemon juice to stop it from turning brown.