Few things sum up California as beautifully as the beloved fruit, the Avocado! Yes, that's right, fruit. Did you know that anything with a seed is actually considered a fruit. . .?
Although, native to Mexico, Southern California has become a hub for avocado growing, with the small city of Fallbrook boasting the title, “Avocado Capital of the World.”
This small fruit changes lives! Once you get a taste, you will be adding it to everything. California cuisine usually incorporates some type of fresh avocado. Whether it's a dip, dressing, sandwich accessory, or just a plain ol’ avocado; nothing compares to that extra pizzaz your taste buds acquire from an avo!
Along with the piquant flavor, avocados are really good for you too! They have more potassium than bananas, are full of a healthy fat that helps your heart and they are an excellent source of fiber!
You can even order California Grown Avocados right to your front door!
As a native Californian, we all have several ways to enjoy avocados and here are a few to add to your list.
- Slice an Avocado in half, remove the seed. Fill the hole of each half with lemon juice and sprinkle with a little salt. Add cayenne pepper if you like a little kick.
- Same idea as above only smashed on toast first, then add lemon, salt and cayenne. For a little extra flavor start with cream cheese on the toast however it is not needed but delicious! Mix it up too. Add an egg, tomato or bacon! The possibilities are endless.
There are so many renditions of guacamole so when we were talking about showcasing this tasty treat, our very own Nicole Woods, wanted to share her favorite version and tips.
"Whatever your secret ingredient is just remember ALWAYS. SERVE. CHILLED. A great quick tip is to stick it in the serving bowl in the freezer for about 10 - 15 minutes before serving. Stir of course."
Nicole also claims to have "The Best Guac West of La Brea" ;)
Her recipe includes:
-Avocados (2-3 depending on size)
-Tomatoes (1 medium size)
-Red Onion (1/4 cup chopped)
-Fresh garlic (few cloves)
-Garlic salt (1/2 tsp)
-Salt (season to taste)
-Limes (1-2 squeezed)
-HABANEROS! (1 is usually plenty!)
You can use jalapeños for a more medium spice or just serranos for mild.
Optional: If you like cilantro - add that too, but not necessary.
What are some of YOUR favorite avocado recipes? Comment below!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Skye Schanzer was born and raised in Southern California. Growing up, she spent her Summers on the sandy beaches and her Winters in the snowy mountains. She is now nestled in the hills of the Temecula Valley, with her handsome husband and two life-loving kids.
She's a writer and strives to spread positivity in everyday life through her blog, Bring The Happy. She is most at ease with that California sunshine warming her face, pen in hand, the sound of her kids laughing and husband by her side. Writing, photography, family and love is what it breaks down to. Every day is a happy adventure!