by Jennifer A.
2 pints cherry tomatoes -- stemmed
History / Geography
The avocado originates from Central America, but is now grown in tropical
and sub-tropical climates around the world.
The two main kind of avocados found in the USA are: Haas, which are black
and with bumpy skin currently being grown in California; and Fuerte, a
thin, smooth skinned variety grown in Florida.
How to Select
You will want to select an avocado that yields to gentle pressure, yet is
firm. It should be unblemished and heavy for its size. Another test for
ripeness is to take off the stem. If it is green underneath, the avocado
is ripe. If it is brown underneath, it is not ripe.
The avocado is a fruit that has a mild hazelnut flavor and a buttery
texture. It can be round to pear-shaped, thick to thin-skinned, green to
purplish-black, and smooth skinned to bumpy skinned. The flesh is a very
pale green color.
A ripe avocado can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.
Vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin.
The avocado gets its name from ahuacatl, a Nahuatl word
Cayenne, chili powder, chives, cilantro, ginger, paprika.
1 lb. fresh avocado = 2 1/2 cup chopped = 1 1/2 cups pureed
1/2 avocado per person
A unripened avocado is easy to ripen at home, not to mention, avocados
ripen better after they are picked! Just place an avocado in a brown paper
bag at room temperature, and three days later, you will
have a ripe avocado.
When cutting an avocado, remember that there is a huge pit in the center.
When you have halved the avocado, hit the pit with the blade of your knife
and twist. The pit should be able to be removed without
damaging the flesh. Remember, once the flesh is cut, it will discolor
rapidly, so always add cut avocado immediately before serving, or add
lemon juice or lime juice to it to prevent discoloration.
Additional Information (Web Sites)
Avocado Stuffed Tomatoes
Recipe By: TJ Hill - Appetites Catered
3 avocados -- skinned and pitted
8 ounces cream cheese -- room temperature
1 tablespoon sweet onion -- very finely minced
1 tablespoon garlic -- very finely minced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice -- strained
1 teaspoon fruit fresh
1/4 teaspoon tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup tomato concasse
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 head butter lettuce -- separated into leaves
Slice tops from cherry tomatoes. Hollow-out with a small melon baller.
Invert onto paper towels to drain. Combine avocados and cream cheese in a
food processor. Add onions, garlic, lemon juice, fruit
fresh, tabasco, and salt. Process to a smooth puree. Pipe into tomato
shells. Pipe sour cream on top. Place onto a lettuce-lined serving
platter. Garnish with sliced olives and tomato concasse. Serve slightly
Yields: 12 servings
Chilled Avocado Soup
Recipe By: "The Great Hot Sauce Book" by Jennifer Trainer Thompson
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups avocado pulp -- about 2 ripe avocados
1 cucumber -- peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons white onion -- diced
1 lime -- zest and juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
2 cups milk
1 cup water
2 tablespoons jalapeno sauce*
sour cream -- for garnish
Blend buttermilk and avocados in blender then add cucumber, onion, lime
juice (reserving the zest), salt and pepper. With blender running, add
milk, water and hot sauce. Chill soup. Serve garnished with a dollop of
sour cream and a little lime zest.
Yields: 8 servings
by One World Recipes
Feroce d'Avocat is the French name
of this hot crab appetizer that is popular in Martinique. The avocado,
sometimes referred to as an alligator pear, adds a rich taste. 8 ounces fresh or canned crab meat
1 tablespoon vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 shallots, finely chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1 habanero chile, seeds and stem removed, minced
4 avocados, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 cup manioc flour (tapioca or cassava meal)
Extra lime juice for serving
Lettuce or spinach leaves
Drain the crab, pat it dry, and place in a bowl. Add the vinegar, lime
juice, oil, garlic, shallots, green onions, and chile. Mash the avocado
with manioc flour, add to the crab mixture, and blend to form a thick
paste. Spoon onto lettuce or spinach on individual serving dishes, or roll
into balls and arrange on a plate. Sprinkle with lime juice just before
Yield: 4 servings
Heat Scale: Hot