With its numerous health benefits and delicious flavor, summer is the perfect time to add a little avocado into your diet.

The avocado is commonly mistaken for a vegetable  but is in fact a fruit. In America, the number one producer of this fruit would be California, but world wide, the number one rank in production goes to Mexico.

While many watching their diet may be deterred by the calorie intake of avocados, when consumed in moderation, they can be a great asset to healthy balanced diet.  Avocados are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and B6.  It is a little know fact that they actually contain more potassium than bananas!  Avocado is also linked to maintaing other assets of healthy lifestyle. These are just a few of the nutritional perks you can expect from avocados.

So how can you enjoy the health benefits and flavor of this delicious fruit?  Preparation is the perfect place to start. Once an avocado is picked, it takes between 7 and 10 days for it to ripen. Keeping the avocado in the refrigerator will help to slow down the ripening process, while putting it in a paper bag with a ripe apple will help to speed up the ripening process.

Now what is there to cook up once the avocado is ripe?  The possibilites are endless.  Don’t know where to start?  Try looking at a few recipes to help come up with a delicious idea.

A few delicious choices include:

  • Avocado Egg Salad
  • Avocado Dressing
  • Avocado Banana Bread
  • Avocado and Tomato Salad

More recipes can be found, including the details fo the ones listed above,  and many more facts about avocados can be found on my board ”Cooking with Avocados” on Pinterest.

The possibilities are truly endless with this delicious wonder fruit.