Us Aussies really have a thing for fresh avocado, and it’s not hard to see why. This gleaming green beauty ticks all kinds of boxes in the versatility sector. And when you cut open a perfect one, boy is it satisfying.
A winner on toast with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of sea-salt, incredible in salads or as a surprising creamy ingredient in desserts like Chocolate Mousse, this common spread is definitely an all-rounder. It’s even a marvel when it comes to natural beauty products like hair and skin oils.
With our love for avocados in mind, we have put together our ultimate in season guide to this lovely fruit. With tips on how to use, store and prepare avocado, you’ll be an avo-expert in no time!
What are the different varieties of avocados in Australia?
– Most common variety that you will find in Australian grocers
– Dark skin with light green inner
– Creamy texture and smooth flavour
– Available nearly all year round
– Longer avocado with bright green skin
– Nuttier flavour than the hass avocado
– Only available Feb – April
How to select an avocado
To test an avocado for ripeness, simply press the top of the fruit. Consider if you want to eat your avo immediately or in a matter of days when you purchase. To see the full guide on how to select an avocado, check out the nifty infographic that our friends at Australian avocados have put together, here.
The best way to store fresh avocado
When storing avocados whole, make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight. To experience their full flavour you also want to store avocados at room temperature.
Once you have sliced an avocado in half, keep the leftover half in the fridge with a light sprinkle of lemon juice, then wrap it tightly with cling film or store in an air-tight container.
Also, if you want to keep an avocado half, make sure to save the half with the stone in! As this also slows down browning.
What are the different ways you can prepare avocado?
- Mashed, and turned into Guacamole, Dip or Avocado Smash
- Diced and added to salads
- Sliced and added to sandwiches or wraps
- Pureed and added to Mousse or Ice Cream
- Halved and filled
- High in natural, “good” fat
- Serving size = 50g or 1/4 of an avocado
- High in potassium, Vitamin C and folate