Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's Harvest Time



I know what you’re thinking when you saw the photo above, “This is probably the ugliest avocados I have ever seen.” You might not even buy it if you see something like that at the farmer’s market. Well, I agree. They’re not the best looking avocados. I actually chose the ugliest photo. It’s either you’re laughing, frowning or even embarrass to see these avocados. I totally understand. They would actually be rejected by food stylists, food photographers, buyers, etc. But I really want to show what it really looks like on the outside and the inside which is rich, creamy, buttery, velvety, silky and sexy as well as nourishing and gratifying.



This was probably the fastest “photo shoot” I’ve even done and I felt like a professional photographer this morning. I just want to make sure they don't turn brown but they are actually forgiving as the flesh doesn’t oxidize quickly compared to other avocados. These are also thin-skinned avocados, so even if I’m careful in scooping them out, some of its inner layer skin will be hollowed out as well.

My brother is harvesting them by installment. He said that in order for the avocados to ripen beautifully and evenly, there should be a purple tinge on the skin before harvesting them. That is why that whenever I buy avocados from the grocery store, it would take them forever to ripen. And when they're already ripened, they don't taste like avocado at all.



We have our own manner of eating avocados. After I scoop them out into individual bowl, each person would pour milk and sprinkle some sugar (it's how we eat them in the Philippines). While the others would add ice and mix all the ingredients together until they’re combined, I would like to eat mine by layers then I would sprinkle more sugar until I’ve finished my bowl of avocado.



We used to blend avocados with evaporated milk and sugar. But right now everyone prefers to do it their own way. I find evaporated milk to be too rich for the avocados as well. I prefer to use sugar that are deeper in flavor such muscovado. You can also use demerara sugar or whatever interesting sugars you have except for white sugar.



You can also use some raw nut milk sweetened with dates. Avocados and raw nut milk will help to detoxify your body because of the enzyme protease from the avocados. This will lubricate your intestinal walls, allowing the toxins to be absorbed by the oil and eliminated by the body. Avocados also contain the enzyme lipase, which breaks down fat that is stored in the body, so it actually helps facilitate fat loss. Don’t expect to lose weight in a flash because it doesn’t work that way. But since it is in a raw state, the fat in avocado adapts to the contours of your body. Now, here’s where the problem is. When we discover something that is really good for us, we eat them in massive amounts every single day. It doesn’t work that way either. We still need to eat sensibly and move our body in order to fit into our clothes. Besides overeating avocados can lead to sluggishness, hyper-acid stomach and skin outbreaks. So, go easy as you really want to savor them until the last bite.



So far, I’ve counted 18 harvested avocados. My brother took four for his family, the other four were eaten the other night and there are four for today. I was actually thinking the other day if it were really possible to exchange this avocado tree with something else in another country, would I do the switch? I would probably exchange this avocado tree for all of your great ingredients at the farmer’s market. I could also go with the avocado tree but that depends where that might be. In meantime, I'll enjoy these avocados until supplies last.

10 comments:

  1. Great photos. It's true that you can't judge a book by its cover.

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  2. This looks like the avocados I use to have in my backyard when I was a kid in Brazil, we use to eat avocados with sugar, or make smoothies with bananas. Your pictures are great.

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  3. Love it! All the great info on avos, too.
    Think I'm going to throw an avo in with my banana shake next time : )

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  4. The best avocados I've ever tasted. Aside from taking them with milk and sugar, sometimes my sis would add them with salad vegetables.

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  5. This is so informative! Thanks so much for the lesson :D

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  6. Thanks Anna. I will make a smoothie with bananas. Thanks for all your comments.

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  7. Great info! I knew avocados were very healthy but I didn't know about the fat and the intestinal walls.

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  8. I never thought of using muscovado sugar with avocado. Will try it when mom-in-law has her avocados harvested. Thanks D!

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  9. Look at all of those amazing avocados! Thanks for all of the avocado info.

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  10. I've never heard of preparing avocados like this -- truly interesting! I'm more of a scoop it right from the shell with a squirt of fresh lime and a sprinkle of salt kind of avocado lover. I never get tired of them -- even when they're ugly on the outside. It's what's inside that matters!

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