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The Truth about Avocados

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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

    Avocado in ethiopia

    Ethiopian Spri

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.

Avocado purée

Avocado purée

  • 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

    Colombian avocado soup

    Avocado soup

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

    Tequeños

    Tequeños

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.

Garlic: Tastier or smellier

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It’s impossible to live without it. Either you love it, or you hate it profoundly….

It is known for its love-hate relationship with each person he meets, it must be accurate otherwise it will dominate everything it touches.  Its head has a dozen teeth, and it is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth, and at the same time it is the smelliest of all. Ladies and Gentlemen:  please meet Mr. Garlic.

The Garlic belongs to the onions family. And has always been a part of all kitchens around the world, as a spice and as a vegetable with a significant health role. Garlic revealed itself to the world in the early days of ancient Egypt culture and besides enriching the flavor of dishes back then; garlic was also used as the Guidant to the dead into the afterlife.

The only problem with the garlic is the strong smell which cannot be camouflaged. Roman aristocracy banned it l from the kitchen because of its dominant smell, and the church disliked it as well. But despite its strong odor, garlic is an inseparable part of a wide range of classic foods and sauces that are can’t literally be prepared without it, like the Gramoleth (parsley and lemon sauce), aioli and pesto.

You can find fresh garlic around March -April. It is also possible to dry the garlic in a dark and cool place and by doing so you can extend its life for months. You can also peel and freeze the garlic cloves and use it for months to come. There is no difference between fresh garlic and dry garlic except for the smell. Green garlic can spread its smell all over and all the time, and dry garlic releases its fragrance only when the garlic cloves are squeezed.garlic

So why is Garlic so healthy?

Many home remedies are based on garlic. There is amino acid and allicin. This acid is actually a compound similar to penicillin antibiotics and has the capability of effective germ-fighting and curing various infections. Garlic is also effective in preventing aging skin, fungal infections, lowers cholesterol, strengthens the digestive system, prevents colds and throat infections, and helps kidney function.  Some say that garlic also prevents cancer by decreasing cell proliferation, DNA repair, and stimulation of cell death. To enjoy the medicinal virtues of garlic, it should be consumed immediately after cutting and prior to cooking because the vinegar evaporates from allicin garlic a few moments after being peeled and cut.

The garlic in your food

Everyone is familiar with the regular use of garlic in daily dishes served at our home or at restaurants.  Garlic can be found in pasta dishes, tomato sauce, pizza, salad dressing, or as a delicious seasoning for many different kinds of dishes. Garlic soup with croutons and olive oil can be a light and satisfying meal. Tomato salad with parsley, fresh garlic and pine nuts is the perfect dish for the hot summer days.

And of course unpeeled garlic cloves grilled in a shishlik. The garlic loses its pungent flavor and turns into the most delicious an enchanting sweetness taste for everyone, convincing even the biggest of the haters of garlic to fall in love with its special flavor.

The More the Merrier – Cooking with Vegetables

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A lot of home cooks consider vegetables as something of an afterthought, a food they need to add to the meal before serving it so the plate does not look incomplete. This is a real shame, because not only can vegetables enhance any meal, they can be the main ingredients in a dish. Some famous dishes are vegetable-based. Take ratatouille for example – a fine combination of fresh vegetables, garlic, and a little oil and red wine vinegar. This classic French recipe really shows off the beauty of vegetables. Other examples include classic vegetable soup, wonderful salads made with perhaps broccoli, spinach or pumpkin, vegetable stews and casseroles, as well as tasty, comforting soup recipes.

Healthy and Versatile

Vegetables are a healthy and important part of the diet and, when cooked right, they can taste incredible. Canned and frozen vegetables can be used as standbys in case you run out of fresh ones, but nothing beats fresh veggies if you want the best-tasting meals. A lot of vegetables are really versatile too, so you might like to swap the broccoli in a recipe for cauliflower, the red bell pepper for mushrooms, or the baby spinach for arugula. If the kids are picky eaters, there are plenty of colorful, tasty varieties to choose from, and you can incorporate fresh vegetables in everything from vege-burgers to pasta dishes, rice-based dishes, and so much more. It is hard to imagine a meal without vegetables!

Vegetable Cooking Tips and Techniques

There are many cooking techniques for veggies, including broiling, grilling, braising, roasting, steaming, and sautéing. Some are better raw while others should be cooked. Some vegetables can be served as a side dish, perhaps broiled, barbequed or mashed, while others can be chopped and tossed together to make a salad. Even leftover vegetables can be mashed up with flour and egg to make patties which you can pan-fry the following day for breakfast or as a side dish.

This affordable ingredient comes in a whole rainbow of colors, each type offering its own nutritional benefits, so if you are not already incorporating plenty of vegetables in your family’s diet, you might like to take this opportunity to learn more about them and rediscover their wonderful flavors and versatility. If you usually tend to stick to the same vegetables, try adding some new ones into your diet – the more the merrier! It is easy to get tired of having the same flavors all the time, but learning new ways with familiar vegetables and discovering new types of vegetables can open up a whole new world of amazing flavor.