What’s this Vegetable’s… Err Fruits Deal?
The Truth about Avocados
Let’s get this sorted out once and for all, shall we? Avocado is a FRUIT! Yes, ladies and gentlemen… that green smooth texture that you dip your nachos in, apply on toast in the morning and evening and basically try to cram everywhere you want. Let me remind you of the Tortilla Chip Sombrero that Guru’s daughter wore in Despicable Me 2, which was filled with “guacamole”… because I would love to have one just like that.
It’s very hard to distinguish between fruits and vegetables since there are several other debatable items such as a tomato. Let’s get back to avocado – it may come as a surprise but people all over the world eat avocados in different ways. Avocado’s creamy and soft flesh is what makes it such a popular ingredient for both sweet and savory dishes.
In some countries, it’s a necessary food staple, whereas in other countries, it is only used in exotic dishes. Some common dishes include soups, salads and sandwiches. You might have just tasted guacamole in these three food items but there are several other dishes that you need to try. Here’s a brief overview of how people eat avocados in different countries:
- Avocados in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, you will find avocado purée layered in a fruity drink called “Spri”. A glass of Spri usually contains layers of mango, papaya and avocado purée. It is easily made at home and is available in different flavors in most of the restaurants.
- Avocados in Brazil
Brazil uses avocado in both sweet and savory dishes. As a sweet, avocado purée is popular due to a dish called “Creme de Abacate”. It’s a thick desert that has a smooth and rich texture.
- Avocados in Mexico
In Mexico, avocado purée is used as a condiment alongside chilies. It is used to garnish tacos, tortilla soup, panuchos and flautas.
- Avocados in the Philippines
Sweet, sweet ice cream is what Philippines make of avocado. It is a popular flavor alongside vanilla and chocolate.
- Avocados in Colombia
Columbia’s avocado specialties are warm dishes and one of their most popular is “Crema de Aguacate” (avocado soup).
- Avocados in Indonesia
In Indonesia, avocado is used as a sweet for smoothies. They call it “Jus Alpukat”, which is a creamy shake topped with chocolate sauce.
- Avocados in Peru
The Peruvians use avocado as mayonnaise. Avocado is mashed and served with “Tequeños”, which are fired cheese sticks.
- Avocados in Haiti
Haitians eat avocado at breakfast. They make a thick sauce, which they spread on “Cassava Bread”.
- Avocados in Australia and New Zealand
In both these countries, avocado is used in sweet and savory dishes such as salads, ice cream, sandwiches, etc.