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Preparing and Cooking Avocados

Preparing and Cooking Avocados

Although they are simple fruits, avocados can be the devil to prepare. Once peeled, you are left with a slippery object which is then almost impossible to remove from the stone. If you intend to eat the avocados in halves, it's fairly simple to just praise out the stone once halved.

If you want to slice the fruit, use this tip. The only thing you need is a very sharp knife. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and then, with the skin still on, cut through the flesh and the skin to make slices. It is then relatively simple to strip off the peel. Remember to sprinkle the slices with lemon juice as the flesh discolors once exposed to the air.

Most popular way of eating is to eat it raw. However avocados can also be baked, grilled or used in sauteed and sauced dishes. It serves well with shrimps or vinaigrette, a half avocado can hold a mixture of chopped tomatoes and cucumber, a mild garlic cheese dip or a soured cream potato salad. Slices of avocado are deliciously served with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella, sprinkled simply with olive oil, lemon juice and plenty of black pepper. Avocado can be chopped and added to a salad, or pureed for a rich dressing.

In Mexico, where avocados grow in abundance, there are countless avocado recipes. Guacomole is perhaps the best known, but they are also eaten in soups and stews and commonly used to garnish tacos and enchiladas.

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