Avocados, raw, Florida

Fun Facts

  1. Avocados are scientifically known as Persea Americana and belong to the family Lauraceae. This family of plants is comprised of plants that produce edible sassafras, herb cinnamon and camphor. It was named the Florida avocado because of where it grows.
  2. Florida avocados are different from other types of avocados in terms of flavor and appearance. They are unique in that their skin color does not change when they ripen. The skin is kelly green, smooth and occasionally spotted with brown streaks.
  3. Avocados are best when eaten fresh. However, they may also be processed into chilled soups, which are used to make guacamole. Other culinary pairings of avocados to make guacamole include tomatoes, citrus, herbs like basil and cilantro, salt, bacon, sausages, beef, alliums like onions and garlic, legumes, seafood, summer squash, cheeses, chiles, cucumbers and cumin. Guacamole is a wise choice for raw veggies.
  4. Normally, avocados ripen within three days after harvesting. In order to fasten the ripening of the avocado fruit, you may wrap it in a paper bag and keep it at room temperature. You may also use citrus to preserve the fruit as exposure to air causes it to turn brown.

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