It’s safe to say that I’m a sucker for avocados, and cutting open to a beautiful one is like letting sunshine into my day. But that doesn’t happen all the time, so here are my tips when shopping for Hass avocados:
– Pale-green/light brown: good to eat
– Pale-yellow: give it a few days to ripen
– Dark brown and top feels soft: over-ripe and likely to have brown spots/stringy bits inside
– Olive-green: needs 2-3 days of ripening at home
– Brown-green: ripe (soft-firm) – perfect if you’re like me and like your avos with a slight bite
– Dark purple: ripe (soft-smooshy)
We all know that avocados contain healthy fats; but what does this really mean? Simply put, it is good for cardiovascular health (i.e. heart, blood vessels). It is high in fibre and monounsaturated fats, which help to maintain good cholesterol levels and balance blood sugar levels. Avocados are also a good source of folate which is needed for the formation of blood cells, and is especially important if you’re looking to get pregnant!
Get your hands on some and whip up this super simple and delicious Japanese-Inspired Guacamole served with crispy gyoza skins!
In partnership with Avanza Avocado.
2 Hass avocados, diced
2 tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise
2 tsp mirin
1 tsp seasoned rice vinegar
2 tsp lemon juice
1½ tbsp tobiko
2 tsp sesame seeds
12 gyoza skins, halved
1½ cup oil (neutral flavoured, high smoke point e.g. canola/sunflower)
- To fry gyoza skins, heat the oil to ~175ºC and drop the skins in individually. Fry till golden brown and set aside to cool
- Make the dressing by mixing the mayonnaise and liquids in a bowl. Whisk until well combined
- Add in the diced avocados, tobiko and sesame seeds, and mix gently to combine, Garnish with more tobiko and sesame seeds and it's ready to be served!