Most grocery stores tend to sell avocados green. This led to what I found to be a curious bit of advice in a cooking tips article I was reading: Buy your avocados in a Mexican grocery store because they sell them ripe. Does this mean you must buy your avocados ripe?
Acocado, the fruit, is of course very important to Mexican cuisine. You may not know that avocado leaves, or hojas de aguacate, are used in cooking as well, especially in the Southern regions of Mexico such as Oaxaca. They may be used fresh or dried. Like bay leaves, avocado leaves may be used whole, but they […]
Those new to avocados, if they try to peel one, after several seconds of struggle, will invariably ask, “How are you supposed to peel this thing?!” The problem is that the flesh is soft but the peel is firm. It is difficult to peel the fruit without mangling the flesh, and at the same time the […]
How many times do you just use half an avocado, and you want to save the rest in the fridge for a day or so? Often, right? But, if you leave half of a sliced avocado in the refrigerator, it will turn brown pretty quickly, through oxidation. The most frequently repeated tip for keeping your […]
Alligator Pear is another name for the avocado. The name came about perhaps as early as the late 1600’s but at least as early as the 19th century. Some sources indicate that the alligator pear may have stemmed from a mispronunciation of the Spanish word for avocado in Mexico, aguacate, which derived from the Nahuatl word ahuacaquahuitl, which meant testicle. Aguacate […]