Avocado provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid.
To make sure you're taking home an avocado that's perfectly green and creamy on the inside, and free from ugly brown spots, the key is checking under the stem. This part of the avocado holds a sneak peak for what's going on under the skin.
Peel back the small stem or cap at the top of the avocado. If it comes away easily and you find green underneath, you've got a good avocado that's ripe and ready to eat.
On Sandwiches. Mashed avocado topped with a pinch of salt makes for the perfect sandwich spread.
On Potatoes. Top your baked potatoes with sliced avocado and a drizzle of olive oil.
In Eggs. Diced and scrambled with eggs or egg whites.
Grilled. Sliced, grilled and topped with coarse sea salt and fresh lemon juice, avocados make the perfect accompaniment to any grilled meat or fish.
Use a medium or large cook's knife to cut the avocado in half, rolling the avocado so you cut around the stone. Twist the two halves to separate. Use a teaspoon to remove the stone from the centre of the avocado. Use a dessert spoon to scoop the whole avocado flesh out from the shell if required. Cut into slices, chunks or mash with a fork.