AVOCADO: The Super Fruit
A Brief History
Between 2012 and 2016, demand for new products in stores increased by 25% for vegetarian products, and 257% for vegan products. In restaurant menus today, it is a normal practice to offer basic quality vegetable products as well as supplementing animal based meals with a variety of vegetal components as healthier options, as well as in healthier portions.
Avocado is a real superstar in the field of nutrition, and has become an indispensable ingredient in restaurant kitchens. However, in 2017, Amsterdam became the first city to fully express its love for the avocado. The Avocado Show became the first restaurant in Europe whose whole menu is based on this super fruit. The restaurant opened in Amsterdam to a massive following, with its menu created around the avocado, with creations that were artistic and promised to be just as tasty. Lately, most Amsterdam cafes and restaurants have updated their menu based on this profound love for avocados, adding the super fruit in their meals.
The Avocado Show has taken things to a whole new level and has created meals to convince the public of this.The meals are sensational, and would likely conquer the German consumer market.
What are the properties and benefits of avocados?
Avocado is highly nutritional and an excellent source of healthy fats. It contains a number of minerals and vitamins, including: vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, K, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus. Avocado consumption can lead to a reduction of bad cholesterol in the body, and it is also a strong antioxidant.
Avocados grow on trees until maturity. However, they only begin to ripen after they have been harvested. What's even more interesting, an avocado fruit can stay in the tree for up to 18 months. Practically, the tree keeps it in excellent condition until the fruit is harvested for consumption. The avocado is the only food is 100% not genetically modified.
How can I include avocados in the diet ?
Avocados can be eaten raw, in salads or individually, seasoned with salt and pepper, maple syrup or various aromatic herbs and spices. They can be used in place of fat used to make baked foods (replacing oil, butter, etc.). Avocados can also be eaten as dessert in different recipes, like cookies or blended protein shakes.
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