Seasonal cooking is always the best option for anyone looking for affordable and tasty meal choices.
When a fruit or vegetable is in season it tastes best and is sold for less than it would be during it’s off season.
What follows is information on avocados, when they are in season and some avocado inspired recipes that you may want to try.
What are Avocados?
Avocados are pear shaped fruits that have a dark green skin and oily, pale green, soft flesh. It also contains a large pit in the center of the fruit.
When are Avocados in Season?
Avocados are considered to be in season year round. Though the avocado is considered to be a year round fruit, it is interesting to note that September 16th is generally accepted and celebrated as “National Guacamole Day.”
Things to Know When Cooking with Avocados
The flesh of the avocado is highly responsive to the air and as such it will quickly turn a distasteful brown color when left out in the open too long. To retard the oxidization processes add a little fresh lemon juice to the exposed avocado. Doing so should keep the avocado green for a bit longer.
What Can I Make with Avocados?
Avocados are very versatile and as such can be used throughout a full course meal. “Avocado with Chili Sauce” makes a superb appetizer. “Avocados Ala Bristol” makes a great first course and “Avocado Fool” makes for a great dessert.
For your convenience recipes for “Avocadoes Ala Bristol” and “Avocado Fool” follow;
Avocados Ala Bristol (Serves 4)
• 2 teaspoons lemon juice
• 6 tablespoons heavy cream
• 1 ½ pounds lobster meat, cooked
• 2 large avocados
• Cayenne pepper to taste
• Salt to taste
• Paprika to taste
Begin making the “Avocados Ala Bristol” by finely chopping up the lobster meat. Place the chopped lobster meat in a bowl and add to it the heavy cream and lemon juice. Next season it to taste with the cayenne pepper, salt and paprika. Once the lobster and cream mixture is seasoned to tastes set it aside and begin work in the avocados.
Take the avocados and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the avocado’s pits. An easy way to do this is to place a sharp knife horizontally into the pit and twist to loosen. Once loosened you should be able to easily lift the pit out while it is still stuck to the knife blade.
Next take out a silver or plastic spoon and scoop out the avocado flesh until there just enough flesh remaining in the avocado to retain its shape. Proceed by finely dicing the avocado flesh. Once the avocado flesh is diced place it into the bowl with the lobster.
Mix the ingredients until well combined and then continue by filling the avocado shells with the lobster and avocado meat. Use the paprika and whatever other garnish you would like to dress up the tops of the avocados, plate and then serve.
Avocado Fool (Serves 6)
• ½ cup whipped cream
• 1 ½ tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
• 2 limes
• 3 large avocados
Begin making “Avocado Fool” by peeling the avocados, removing the pits and finely dicing its’ flesh. Next take one of the limes and cut it in half. Then slice off a piece of the lime and set it aside to be used as a garnish later in the recipe.
Proceed by squeezing the juice out of both the limes into a household blender. Next pour the confectioner’s sugar into the blender on top of the lime juice. Blend the two ingredients together first before adding the diced avocado into the blender as well. Blend the avocado with the sugar and lime juice until the mixture becomes a smooth puree.
Remove the puree from the blender and fold the whipped cream into it. Season the mixture with more sugar and fruit juice if needed. Once the mixture meets with your taste buds approval spoon it into parfait or martini glasses and allow them to chill in the refrigerator for several hours.
Right before you are ready to serve the “Avocado Fool” remove the glasses from the refrigerator and garnish them with pieces of lime. Serve the dish with “Lady Fingers” or a similar such cake.