5 Days of Veggies: Avocado

It's Day 4 of our 5 Days of Veggies series - having fun yet? Today's featured veggie is technically another fruit that tends to be used as a vegetable, but we won't tell if you don't. So check out our easy avocado tips and recipes below!

  • Selection: Choose an avocado that's slightly on the heavier side and make sure it has no mushy spots. The darker the avocado, the riper it is. So if you need it today, go for a really dark one; if you need it to last a few days, go for a lighter greenish one.

  • Storage: Store at room temperature until ready to use. To speed up the ripening process, place them in a closed paper bag. To slow down ripening, stick them in the fridge.

  • Slicing: Avocadoes are difficult to cut if you don't know what you're doing, but there's an easy trick to it. Sit the avocado upright and cut straight down until you hit the pit. Then twist the avocadao until it separates into two halves, one of which still contains the pit. Now comes the fun part - strike the pit with your knife blade (not the point). Twist until you loosen and dislodge the pit. Now take a spoon and scoop the avocado out of the skin.

  • Tip: For a prettier presentation, squirt with lemon juice after slicing to prevent browning.

  • Fun fact: Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit, which is especially great for vegetarian dishes.

Miss a post? Catch up for the week:
Monday: Corn
Tuesday: Onions
Wednesday: Eggplant
Thursday: Avocado (above)
Friday: Tomatoes

Like our 5 Days of Veggies series? Then check out our 5 Days of Fruit series too!

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