The "Alligator Pear"

Share this post

avocadoHere in California we enjoy a long avocado season, thanks to the  Mediterranean climate of the southern coast. However, we also have a  region susceptible to the ravages of our California weather. Each year  it seems the avocado crop can be in peril of damage from drought,  freezes or fire. The avocados tough hide gives credence to its moniker  as "the alligator pear." And, as crucial as water is to the survival  of the reptilian gator so it is for this succulent fruit. The politics  of water is of significant concern for the forthcoming 2009 as many  farmers saw a 30% cutback in water in 2008.

To ripen, simply place the avos in a paper bag with an apple for  company. Apples give off a gas ethylene, a natural ripening agent for  most fruits. Leave at room temperature for a few days. When the  avocado yields just slightly to pressure - it is ripe. Ripe avocados  may be refrigerated for a few days, however, opened avos should be  sprinkled with lemon juice or vinegar before refrigerating to delay  oxidation.

You might think that something so rich and creamy might be bad for you  – but not to worry. The wise folks at Berkeley Wellness Letter  assure us that "Their oils are mostly monounsaturated—the kind  that lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol but maintains HDL ("good")  cholesterol." Moreover, due to its mono and polyunsaturated fat  content, avocados are a healthy substitution for foods rich in  saturated fat. For a health conscious take on deviled eggs try  “angel eggs." Use the cooked egg whites as usual but  substitute mashed avocado and seasonings as the filler instead of egg  yolk and mayo. Angel eggs have approximately half the calories, carbs,  and cholesterol of the traditional version but still 3.5 g protein per  serving.

 

Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required

 

Recent Recipes articles:

Grilled portobello recipe
May 9, 2019
Three simple ways to enjoy watermelon radishes
May 2, 2019
Easy spring salad recipe
April 25, 2019
Three easy Waldorf salad recipes
March 14, 2019
Deliciously simple roasted cauliflower with orange zest
February 27, 2019
The FruitGuys’ intro to homemade jams and jellies
February 21, 2019
Authentic paella recipe
December 13, 2018
Seasonal sunchoke recipe
November 29, 2018
Simple persimmon salad recipe
November 15, 2018
Easy ratatouille recipe
November 8, 2018

More recent articles:

Quick, easy steps to spruce up your office space
May 14, 2019
How to prepare physically and mentally for race day
May 9, 2019
Beehives, swales, and vermicomposting, oh my!
April 29, 2019
Reduce plastic use with these earth-friendly alternatives
April 22, 2019
Food:
History of the tomato
April 18, 2019
Spring fruit varieties and how to enjoy them
April 16, 2019
How to make sure you’re getting enough iron in your diet
April 11, 2019
How fostering psychological safety increases performance
April 8, 2019
Food:
How to prepare Ataulfo mango
April 4, 2019
Does your company’s anti-harassment training measure up?
April 2, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.