Eat Local : Avocado

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Avocado, known locally as ‘Pear’ and ‘Avocado Pear’, is a popular fruit. The good news, it is in season right now! It seems that every backyard tree has been laden with huge, voluptuous fruit this year. With it’s flavorful and buttery texture, the Avocado can be used in a variety of ways, in salads, side dishes, shakes, desserts and more… Here is a list of enticing Avocado recipes to try.

According to Grenada’s Marketing and National Import Board, Avocados, like bananas, mature on the tree but ripen only after their harvest. Once Ripen, they turn dark green or deep purple and yield to gentle pressure. Inside, cream color flesh has butter-like consistency with mild, sometimes slightly sweet, taste with a pleasant aroma. The fruit features a centrally placed single brown color seed.

Some of the Nutritional Benefits:

  • Avocados can help you lose weight - Half an avocado contains 3.4 grams of fiber, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly. Plus, soluble fiber slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body, helping you feel full for longer

  • High in Potassium - More than a banana! Which is linked to having a reduction in blood pressure which will lead to decrease heart attacks, strokes and kidney failures.

  • High in antioxidants - Important for your eye health.

  • Promotes Healthy Heart - Avocados are one of the few fruits that are also a healthy fat food. A healthy varied diet high in fruits and vegetables, such as avocado, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and contribute to good heart health.

  • They are beneficial for pregnant women - “Avocados are a unique nutrient-rich plant-based food that contain many of the critical nutrients for fetal and infant health and development," stated a 2016 review

Benefits of Avocado for Hair and Skin:

  • Due to its high healthy fat, vitamin and antioxidant content, using the magical avocado as a face masque can leave the skin looking softer and younger looking, as it smooths and plumps out the skin.

  • Avocado Can Prevent Hair Loss & Promote Hair Growth - Avocados are rich in protein as well as Vitamin B which is one of an essential vitamins for optimal hair health. These along with those good fats and Vitamin E, can make your hair strong, healthy, soft and shiny.

We love when our students come to class with gifts of fruits and vegetables from their gardens! Feel free to drop some avocados for us anytime!