Avoca-dos and Avoca-dont's - Jess Explains It All
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Avoca-do’s, and Avoca-dont’s.

Let’s face it.  We all love avocados, and know how delicious they are.  BUT, other than taste, do we really know the things we need to about this mysterious fruit?

Avoca-do's and Avoca-dont's - Jess Explains It All
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Here is how most people define an Avocado (n.)

1.) The main ingredient in Guacamole.

2.) Something that goes great with nachos/tacos/burritos.

3.) It’s got a big seed in the middle.

4.) A yummy fruit (kudos to you if you knew it was a fruit, I had no idea!)

5.) …I mean, that’s it right?

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I personally love avocados, but I don’t like the price.  And I really don’t like the price when I happen to buy a bad avocado.  Fortunately there are a couple of tricks to make sure you never waste money on avocados again!

Avoca-do's and Avoca-dont's - Jess Explains It All
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The avocado has a built in quality meter, and if you pay attention to it, you’ll get a perfect avocado every time!  Always buy them when the bit under the stem is yellowy-green, and never when it’s brown!

Avoca-do's and Avoca-dont's - Jess Explains It All
Image credit: The Hass Avocado Board

-You can also use the Hass Avocado Board’s stages of ripening chart depicting the color of an avocado’s skin to determine wether it’s ripe or not.

-AND if you gently squeeze the avocado, it should give way to that pressure.  If it doesn’t it’s not ready yet.  And if it’s too squishy, then you’ll most likely have an avocado that’s past it’s best.

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SO, now you’ve picked a great avocado, and you’re ready to eat. (affiliate link)  But wait, they have so much fat…are they healthy?

Avoca-do's and Avoca-dont's - Jess Explains It All
1 cup (cubed) of avocado – Image credit: nutritiondata.com

The answer is yes!  Avocados are actually on the list of superfoods along with tomatoes, blueberries, kale, broccoli and more!  And they provide all kinds of health benefits, when eaten in moderation, which you can read about here.

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Now, I know what you’re thinking after reading this article…

“Hold on Jess,  you’re saying they’re not only delicious, but that I can pick a perfect avocado every time I want to buy one, AND they’re a superfood which will give me lots of health benefits…isn’t that too good to be true?” (affiliate link)

Luckily (for you and me both), it’s not too good to be true!  So go ahead and enjoy an avocado today!

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