While many people consider an avocado to be a vegetable, it’s actually
a fruit belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family. There are
thousands of varieties of avocados. The most common ones available are
Hass, Lamb Hass, Fuerte, Bacon, Pinkerton, Gwen, Reed, and Zutano.
Avocados are a very unique type of fruit. Typically fruits contain a high
level of carbohydrates, but not the avocado. Avocados are sodium-free
and have less than five grams of fat per serving, most of it the monounsaturated
kind. Avocados are nutrient dense with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals,
and beneficial nutrients in just 50 calories per serving. Avocados are
part of some of the healthiest eating plans including DASH and the Mediterranean Diet.
Avocados make great additions to salads, sandwiches, and even hot items
from the grill. Check out some of our latest recipes featuring this nutritious
and delicious fruit!
Avocado Open-Faced Sandwich
Avocado & Kale Ginger Smoothie
Avocado Fact: How do you know if an avocado is ripe? Give it a squeeze. Ripe, ready-to-eat avocados will be firm, but yield
to gentle pressure.