National Avocado Day

It’s National Avocado Day! These luscious green fruit are so good for you! Chock full of vitamins, minerals and good fats (the kind that balance your cholesterol). They also help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin K, D, A and E. And they taste amazing!

Sir Hans Sloan brought the first tree in the United States to Florida in 1696 all the way from Jamaica. He called them alligator pears, for the alligator like skins. But these fruits originated in Mexico and Central and South America and have been around for more than 5,000 years.

But the first Haas avocado, the ones with the black skins, was created in good old California in the 1920s! Most of these fruit that you buy in the market now come from California.

When you cut an avocado, carefully push a knife around the center lengthwise.

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Use the knife to grab the seed, twist

and remove.

Scoop the meat out with a spoon

and slice or mash.

Our just add some salt and pepper and eat it right there!

But avocados aren’t just for guacamole! One of my favorite quick breakfasts is avocado toast or tortilla. Make some toast or crisp up a tortilla. Smash on some glorious green, maybe a few slices of fresh jalapeƱo and go!

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Here are a few other recipes that use avocado. And there’s room for you to share a couple too!

Happy National Avocado Day!

Note: please share only recipes with avocado – celebrate the fruit. Thanks.

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