There are several reasons why we often want to preserve avocados or avocado, whether in the short or long term, for this reason, we will tell you below what are the appropriate ways to preserve them and make the most of avocado life.
They are known by most as a vegetable, however they are actually a fruit and come from a tropical tree. Composed of a buttery texture and a slight nutty taste. They come from Central America or South America.
The varieties of avocado that are more commercialized are:
• The Hass Avocado. The best known and commercialized. It is small, rough and dark skin and yellow flesh. It is produced in Mexico and Spain.
• Bacon. It is an earlier variety, bright green and cultivated a lot in Spain.
• Cocktail or date. It is of elongated form and does not have central bone, of fine and delicate flavor; Is grown in Israel, Spain and is marketed mainly in France)
Strong. It is pear-shaped, opaque and with rough and fine skin and has an exquisite flavor, grown in Israel, Kenya, South Africa and Spain.
• Pinkerton. It is elongated and pear shaped, rough skin and very good flavor, grown in Israel.
Nutritive Properties of Avocado
Its fats are the main component after the water, this makes that its calorific value is elevated with respect to other fruits, being nevertheless, inferior to the one of coconut, since this one is of greater fat content.
It contributes a low amount of carbohydrates and even less of proteins.
• Its fat is mostly monounsaturated; 72% of the total fat is oleic acid, also characteristic of olive oil.
• As for its minerals, it is rich in potassium, magnesium and low in sodium. Potassium is necessary for the nervous system, for muscles, and intervenes in the balance of water inside and outside the cell. •Magnesium is related to the functioning of the intestine, nerves and muscles as well, for bones and teeth, increases immunity and is characteristic of having a mild laxative effect.
• It stands out for its content of vitamin E (antioxidant) and certain water soluble vitamins of group B, such as B6 or pyridoxine, essential for a good functioning of the nervous system. You can learn more about how to grow avocados.
How to conserve avocados
Avocados are a great lunch snack, but once they are cut they start to get brown right away, but you can keep them with a slice of lemon to keep them green and fresh.
Cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. With a small knife cut a pattern of cross weft through the avocado flesh to the skin, being careful not to cut through the skin.
Cut one or two slices of citrus and put them on the cutting surface of the avocado. Place the other half of the avocado sandwich on top and wrap tightly. When eating, simply squeeze the avocado and the small cubes will come out immediately.
It looks simple enough to preserve an avocado, and you end up with a nice fresh lemon as well. Of course, you can always carry a knife with your lunch, but if you can not (or just do not want to carry utensils), this could do the trick.
Another tip or trick to keep them when they are already open, is using an onion to cut into strips and put on the avocado inside a container to close tightly. In the refrigerator/refrigerator can be stored without rusting for up to 3 days.
How to buy the best type of avocado
• Select the avocados that feel heavy for their size and have no stains or bruises. You can buy them without ripening (if you want to store them) and if you want them mature they are uniformly soft. See • •How to know if an Avocado / Avocado is rotten before you buy it.
• Avoid buying soft and pastry or rock hard avocados.
• Avocados are ripe when they yield to gentle pressure.
• To accelerate their maturation, put several avocados in a paper bag and allow them to mature at room temperature for 2 to 4 days.
• Refrigerate mature avocados for 5 to 7 days.
How to prepare it
• Wash thoroughly before cutting.
• Cut them lengthwise in half. To separate the halves you have already cut, move them in opposite directions.
• Remove the bone or seed with the tip of a spoon. Or carefully insert the blade of a knife into the bone and pull it away from the pulp.
• Peel them before slicing.
• If you are going to make purees, it removes the pulp with a spoon.
• Once cut, squeeze a little lemon juice into the pulp to prevent it from turning brown.
How to preserve avocados in the long term
Avocado is a very delicate fruit. It barely opens and begins its process of color change and therefore its rot. It is a fruit that must be eaten full once opened if you have no way to preserve it.
Avocado is also one of the most sought-after fruits on the market. It is expensive in most places it is marketed. You do not want to waste it if you want to buy in large quantities and you do not want it to rot.
For this there are ways to preserve them throughout the year, although it is not the same as consuming the freshly opened fruit, since the benefits of their properties are more latent, if you can have this fruit available in your table fit to eat, and more evenly, out of season.
• 5 ripe avocados.
• 5 tablespoons lemon juice.
1. Cut the avocados in half and discard the bone or seed. Extract your pulp from the peel.
2.Grind all the pulp, then add the lemon juice. Mix well. (You can also freeze it in halves as shown in the image above).
3.Put it in a gallon-sized plastic zip-bag or depending on the amount you grind, choose the size, squeezing all the air before sealing. You can also use vacuum packing. Do not forget to put date of elaboration.
4.Freeze up to 6 months or more.