Hass to have this summer
Avocados are one of the most nutritionally complete fruits on earth and 5+ A Day aims to encourage us to eat more of them.
NZ Avocado Growers Association chief executive Jen Scoular says that up to 31,900 tonnes of Hass avocados will be harvested in New Zealand between now and March 2012.
‘‘This means plenty of fruit, packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They contain good monounsaturated fat, they’re cholesterolfree, are a good source of fibre and are also brilliant for your skin.
‘‘We often take them for granted. We’re looking forward to sharing lots of information about how important they are to our health and well-being.’’ Some things you might not know about avocados:
They can be used in warm dishes. Try stirring cubed avocado through cooked pasta or adding to an omelette.
❏They contain essential fatty acids, which can help to reduce cholesterol deposits.
❏They are a perfect first food for babies going on to solids.
❏They contain more potassium per serve than bananas.
❏They can be frozen. Freeze freshly mashed ripe avocados.
❏Avocado Omelette with Tomato and Cheese
1 avocado (diced) 8 eggs 1 tomato (diced)
Healthy: Avocado packs more potassium per serve than bananas.
2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 cup grated low-fat cheddar cheese