January 21st, 2010

The opulent avocado

by Tim, 11 Comments »

It sounds silly to say that there is a special place in my heart for avocados… so I won’t say that. While growing up, I never ate avocados. I don’t know why that was the case considering we ate fruits and vegetables all the time. Just as often as there are times when something I eat (or make) brings me back to something my family would make, I seem to do things now that make me think ‘I am changing the course of my future and those who are around me and the things they will remember eating and making with me’. I like that thought.

I do not know exactly what is so satisfying to me about something so simple as an avocado on toast. I am sure it has something to do with the tang of toasted sourdough combined with the smooth richness of avocado. And don’t forget the sea salt… salt brings out the flavors, of course. It is opulent. Yes, food can be described as opulent. I did not want to say luscious because that seems effeminate coming from me… although, now that I say it, let’s be honest, avocados are kind of sexy.

Another reason I think it is so satisfying to me is because of all of its health benefits. Avocados contain vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, H, K, minerals like folate, magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, and all of the essential amino acids that our body needs. They are also rich in beta-sitosterol, which is used in treating prostate cancer (and other cancers and conditions as well, although it is important to stick to whole food forms like in avocados). Now now, all you ladies, don’t turn and run because I mentioned prostate cancer. In fact, I am sure you will want to know especially since the chances of the men in your life developing prostate cancer are extremely high. It is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men (JAMA).

I always enjoy eating avocados plain with salt, making guacamole, putting them in a smoothie, or slicing them on a sandwich. I am always curious about new recipes involving them though, so I will most likely be scouring blogs looking for an avocado to catch my eye.

Avocados, what a nice small step in fighting cancer. Now I can understand why Dr. Asa Andrews says “An avocado a day keeps prostate problems away.”

  • Now I have a fierce craving for an avocado. And guacamole. I will have to do something about this.

  • Ha. In fact, as it were, when first visiting your blog, this post caught my eye. And I thought “Now there's a post worth checking out!”

  • kateinthekitchen

    I've read so many eloquent posts about the simple delight of avocado on toast. Next time I have a perfect avocado on hand, it's not being turned into guacamole. It's going to be breakfast.

  • Avocado in a smoothie? Sounds like fun! Guacamole never lasts more than a night in my house!

  • After reading your inspirational eggs post, imagine what you can do with an avocado, I would be saying hellooooo!

  • Ha, yeah, avocado in a smoothie is quite a good time!

  • lannie_pooh12

    like you i did not grow up eating avocados and the only form i ever saw it in was guacamole. GROSSED ME OUT.
    then one day, at my first job out of college, a coworker was CHOWING DOWN on an avocado/cucumber/tomato salad. unattractive eating but somehow so incredibly sexy. i went home that night and bought two avocados, never having played with it before, and made that simple salad. it is now my go to salad or side dish. (recipe: avocado, tomato and cucumber cut up in almost same sizes, season with salt/pepper and drizzle olive oil and splash of vinegar. DONE)
    sorry for the long comment, i just wanted you to know that i totally get you, avocado rocks.

  • You do not even know how much I enjoy a good tomato and cucumber salad with olive oil and vinegar. One of my faves… and I have never even thought to put avocado in there. Now I am even more glad that I posted this and that you had a long comment! Ha.

  • Ah, toast and avocado was my staple snack through college. I was a bit burnt out, so I haven't had it in awhile, but your picture is bringing back fond memories!

  • Ah, toast and avocado was my staple snack through college. I was a bit burnt out, so I haven't had it in awhile, but your picture is bringing back fond memories!

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