The avocado craze started a few years ago when everyone started going as green as possible, and it looks like the Green Queen isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Full of healthy fats and fiber, avocado is a perfect ingredient to add to your diet. We’re used to thinking of avocado as a vegetable, but it’s actually a fruit, and that’s just one of the many quirky secrets the avocado hides up its green sleeve. Here are 7 avocado myths you probably believe, but shouldn’t.
Myth: It will turn all brown once you cut it
While it’s true that avocados quickly lose their fresh green glamor once you cut them, turning into a mushy, brown mass, there is a way to keep them looking delicious for longer. First, you can try storing the cut avocado in water. If this doesn’t sound very delicious to you, sprinkle some citrus juice on top to keep it fresh. Another trick you can use is to store the cut avocado in an airtight container with a piece of onion. Yes, it’s not very appetizing, but it will do!
Myth: They are perfect for baking
They really are perfect for baking: avocados can easily be used as an ingredient to create delicious pies, but they can also become the star of your pie and a stand-alone baked dessert. Don’t you think? Just look at this photo!
Myth: avocados are only for salads
This might have been the case when avocado first entered the veggie-eaters’ food scene, but now we all know that this amazing fruit with its creamy texture is capable of so much more. Turn it into a delicious mousse or spread freshly ripe avocado on crispy toast and you’ll experience how wonderful it can taste.
Myth: They gain weight
It is true that avocado contains fats (15%), but we all know that fats can be different and not all of them are harmful to health. Avocados are among the few fruits and vegetables that contain monounsaturated or “good” fats that are essential to your diet.
Myth: it is impossible to freeze them
This is simply not true: you can easily freeze avocados by peeling, slicing, and removing the seeds. Pack it in an airtight container and you’re ready to go. If you want to be especially clever with your frozen avocado, you can mash it, add a little lime or lemon juice, and save it for your future guacamole.
Myth: you can’t eat avocados every day
The truth is, you can eat avocados as much as you want, just keep the calories in mind! It is an excellent fruit for the diet, but it is far from being dietary. That said, a pinch of avocado can do wonders for your meals throughout the day. Add a little to your breakfast smoothie to create a silky texture, bake a delicious avocado cake for dinner, or make a simple avocado and egg sandwich for lunch.
Myth: You shouldn’t store avocados in the refrigerator
Avocados like the refrigerator as much as any other fruit or vegetable. It all depends on what you are looking for! If you want your avocados to ripen as quickly as possible, leave them on the table for a day so they are soft and mushy. If you don’t plan to eat them immediately, store them in the refrigerator and they will last longer.