Avocadorotica: 5 New Ways to Pursue Your Lust for Avocados
"In the heat of the day, with no desire to prepare lunch, I walk over to Juan’s fruit stand for an ice-cold pipa (coconut water), a bag of plantain chips, a lime and an avocado. My hands carefully brush over the black bumpy skin in search of perfection—a score that’s not too soft, not too firm, just right and ready to eat. Juan watches me with trepidation that I might bruise some of his sacred stock.
At a mere 500 colones a pop, which translates to roughly a dollar each, these babies are edible dreamboats. I crave the crunchy, creamy, salty meeting of a perfect avo with fresh chips made from the region’s abundant plantains.
But I’ve also found many more uses for the green super food, an ingredient I wouldn’t want to live without. Grown throughout Costa Rica, avocados are as delicious as they are teeming with nutrients. The fruit is a natural source of lecithin (a.k.a. brain food) and rich in minerals such as copper, which assists in red blood cell formation. See Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, by Paul Pitchford, for many more excuses to eat them.
Needless to say, I never miss a chance to satisfy my avocado love. I massage it into kale, add it to salads, smoothies, desserts and dips, and use overripe ones to moisturize my skin and hair—you can literally rub it all over yourself Here, five recipes to satisfy your own avocado obsession.”