Yummy avocados! They seem to be everywhere, this delectable piece of fruit that is jam-packed with nutritional benefits. But if you are new to the world of avocados and looking to try one, you might be wondering what does avocado taste like?
What Does Avocado Taste Like?
Avocado has a smooth, mild, buttery, nutty flavor. It’s a very light flavor with just a hint of sweetness and a tad of earthiness. When eating avocado, what’s most distinguishable is the smooth and creamy texture. The flavor combined with its texture is what makes avocados so unique and hard to replicate. Without avocado, we wouldn’t have guacamole and so many other delicious Mexican meals!
Avocados having such a light flavor can also blend well into foods to make them creamier without adding much flavor. Smoothies are a great example, if you add avocado to a smoothie, you won’t notice much of a taste difference, but it will thicken the smoothie up. Avocados can also help neutralize a spicy dish due to its mild flavoring.
One thing to be aware of if you are new to avocados is that the flavor and texture can very depending on its ripeness, much like a banana. An overly rip avocado is going to begin to have brown spots and become very mushy, it may then have a more of a musky or fishy flavor. An underipe avocado is firm, stiff, sometimes even hard to even cut through and therefore unenjoyable eat.
What is an Avocado?
Avocado is a popular superfruit found throuout Mexico and other areas of central america as well as Califormia. Avocados are technically a berry, grown on a tree. They are shaped like a pear, with a tough alligator like skin. The inside is filled with creamy yellow flesh that also has a green tint to it, especially the area that is close to the skin as well as one large brown seed.
Avocados are packed full of nutrition, which is why they’ve earned the well-deserved title as a “superfruit.” A few of the bragging rights an avocado has is its nearly 20 vitamins and minerals as well as a source of beneficial, healthy fat. A few of those nutrients include folate, magnesium, potassium, vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, and K.
How to Store Avocado?
Since we know ripeness affects the taste of avocado, let’s talk about the best way to store an avocado. If an avocado is firm, it is unripe and you’ll want to leave it out at room temperature. If your avocados are ripe, yet you are not ready to eat them, you can place them in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. If you want to speed up the ripening process you can put your avocado in a paper bag with an apple or banana.
If you have opened the avocado, keeping air from it is key to prevent it from oxidizing and developing brown spots (like an apple). You can squeeze lemon or lime juice on the flesh and then get it as airtight as possible using plastic wrap or an airtight container.
When is an Avocado Bad?
When an avocado has gone bad, the skin begins to shrivel and dry out on the outside. The inside will have some brown spots, be extra mushy and any yellow areas will be duller and may even have a hint of brown to it.
Overly ripe avocados have oxidized as apples and bananas do. An overly ripe avocado is still safe to eat and are great for adding into bread or smoothies like you would an overly ripe banana.
If you haven’t already added avocados into your diet, I invite you to give it a try some now that you know what avocado tastes like; for the health benefits if nothing else! Avocados have many health benefits including helping to lower blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol. You can add a slice or two onto a sandwich, top off a salad with it or throw some into your favorite smoothie.