LiveWell Superfood

Summer Superfood - Avocado

You may be  surprised to hear that Avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit, not a vegetable. But did you know that avocado is actually a berry! Avocados are considered a fruit because they fit all of the botanical criteria for a berry. They have a fleshy pulp and a seed after all. They’re great in smoothies and desserts and in baking as a fat replacement. Thanks to its creamy texture and high level of monounsaturated fats, avocado can even be used as a butter substitute and some even use it as a beauty mask to cleanse and nourish the skin.

Avocado

Avocado is a hugely popular fruit at the moment and many consider it a SUPERFRUIT. Avocado is a good source of potassium which contributes to the maintenance of normal muscular &

neurological function. , vitamins B5, B6 which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. As well as this Avocados are packed with . However, despite being a fruit, avocado should be consumed in moderation as it is quite caloric.

 

An avocado is ripe when its skin turns from green to a dark brown-green colour and "gives" slightly when it is gently squeezed. However if purchased a green one don’t worry , place it in a brown paper bag along with a banana or apple. Seal the bag and store at room temperature for 1-3 days until the avocado has ripened. Be sure to check the bag regularly and add more fruit in order to speed up the ripening process if desired.

 

Once opened, avocado begins to turn brown quite quickly as a result of oxidization (reaction with the open air). In order to slow this process, squeeze a few drops of lemon onto each open side, this will preserve freshness and add more taste.