Avo good day

31/07/2020

A guacing good time

We know, we know. We thought it too, as much as we love it… ‘now this is getting ridiculous, a day dedicated to avocado!’

Of course there is. And why not? 

But actually, we’re here for it. Because, this Mexican fruit, yes it is a fruit, is delicious.  Today marks it’s birthday. *yes, we’re laughing too* 

Can you remember when someone said 'Millennials could afford to buy a house if they stopped buying avocado on toast?'

This small but mighty green delight is a staple ingredient for brunching, feeding our souls, creating glowing skin and making our Instagrams pop. 

Avocado bars, avocado cafes, avocado-shaped anything and everythang, including tattoos. It really is the most versatile and used fruit on our social media pages.

Question is, do we even know much about it?

Erwan Frotin
@thortful

Fun facts

- It's part of the cinnamon family - who knew! 

- Half an average size of avocado has 4.6 grams of fibre - that’s more than any other fruit.

- An avocado has more potassium than a banana. Honestly! Avocados have a whopping 975 milligrams of potassium, whereas a banana typically has 544 milligrams.

- According to Vogue, in the summer of 2017, more than 3,000,000 photos of avocado toast were uploaded to Instagram every day. Holy guacamole!

- Irishman Sir Hans Sloane called it an avocado in 1696 in a Jamaican-plants catalogue. He also dubbed the avocado tree the 'alligator pear tree'.

- Some famous celebrities are avocado farmers. Joining the ranks of California’s avocado farmers are actors like Tom Selleck (whose ranch was once owned by actor Dean Martin) and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. Also on Foxx’s 40-acre ranch? A recording studio, obvs. *eye roll*

- Don’t just think of avocados as a savoury addition to sandwiches and salads, Brazilians actually add avocados to ice cream.

- On average, 53.5 million pounds of guacamole are eaten every Super Bowl Sunday, enough to cover a football field more than 20 feet thick.

- Avocados are poisonous to birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, and basically all pets.

- You'll never look at an avo the same way again. The word ‘avocado’ comes from a Nahuatl Indian (Aztec) word “ahuácatl”. Meaning testicle, named so because of its shape. 

avocado beauty face mask
@beautybyletisha_
avocado smoothie bowl
@bbcgoodfood

Health benefits 

We all know how good avocado can taste. You probably know how good it is for your body too. If not, here's a quick low down...

This fruit is so high in nutrients it is now referred to as a ‘superfood’ by many professionals, not just Millennials.

They contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

- Vitamin K
- Folate
- Vitamin C 
- Potassium
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E 

Avocado is a high-fat food!

In fact, 77% of avocado calories are made from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence. Don't panic - they don’t just contain any fat. The majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid — a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component of olive oil and believed to be responsible for some of its health benefits. So, when we say ‘fats’, we don’t mean the same fat from unhealthy takeaways.

It’s so versatile, whether you like stuffed, on toast, guacamole, a replacement for mayo, salads, soup, sushi, smoothies and icecream. It can do it all. Just make sure it’s ripe enough. There's nothing more disappointing than an unripe avo, agree? 

smashed avocado on toast
@pkbcoffee
smashed avocado on toast and mushroom on toast with coffees
@gronkafe

It's always an avocado on toast kinda day

Why? We've just told you why. *wink*  

Not only do we snap it and eat it. It can feed our skin and hair. It's now an active ingredient in face masks. No shock there really. Cue the avo pjs and facemark.  

Remember, avocado isn't just for brunch or vegans... it's all we've avo wanted. Sorry, not sorry!