I’m having a thing about … finding the simple joy in ripe avocados

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I admit it, I’m obsessed. I AM that person on Instagram who lets my breakfast eggs get cold while I photograph the HECK out of the smashed, chilli, lemon and pepper-laden avocado that’s undoubtedly lying next to them.

Quite what it is that has turned this Seventies dinner party fave into one of the most popular (and healthy) foods to be showcased on social media is a modern-day phenomenon.

But check out hashtags including #avocado, #avocadolove and even – I know, I have used it – #avocadoporn, for a mere glimpse into this green, fruity world. I’m still waiting for an avocado emoji though.

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Mug, TK Maxx | All other bowls and plates are from the gorgeous Gudrun Sjödén, whose Nordic folklore-inspired china I am obsessed with. These monochrome bowls and plates are available in their Covent Garden store and also online here.

 

According to food journalist and author Mina Howard, who wrote this article for Stylist Magazine about the very subject, avocado on toast is the best-selling meal across any of the Soho House Group restaurants.

This fact amazes me – although I do admit being really disappointed by two separate breakfasting experiences during my recent holiday where neither menu offered anything avo. Come on Dorset, embrace it.

Recently – and so deeply satisfied with this fact was I, that I tweeted about it – I have had a spate of buying the most perfectly ripe avocados. Man, it’s satisfying. I’m not sure whether there’s anything quite as disappointing in life** as slicing into the green flesh only to discover it’s gone all brown and speckled (by the way, check out this article showing how to tell when you’re onto a ripe avo winner).

(** I’m sure there are things that are far more disappointing, but you get my drift.)

And cast aside any notions that avocados are calorific.

Anneli Bush, co- founder of wellness site Sustain The Glow, says they’re one of the healthiest things you can eat.

Anneli says, “Avocado is the most amazing superfood filled with good fats, so no need to be afraid of it (it’s named ‘good,’ for a reason!).

“Rich in prime antioxidants such as Vitamin C & E, and a good source of minerals like potassium, magnesium, copper and zinc – the list goes on (and on) about all the incredible benefits this green and creamy fruit can do for your body, both internally and externally.

“To sum it up – avocado is one of the healthiest things you can eat and we love to have a bit of it every day – either in a smoothie, lathered on toast, tossed in a salad – or even as part of our beauty regime; this fruit can work wonders for your hair and skin too!”

So praise be for avocado pears and thank you to all the talented foodies creating amazing recipes from them.

I’ve picked five of my favourites here for fellow avo nuts to try.

FYI, the Hemsley + Hemsley avocado cheesecake is to die for.

 

1: HEMSLEY + HEMSLEY AVOCADO LIME CHEESECAKE – RECIPE HERE

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2: LILY SIMPSON’S DETOX KITCHEN BAKED EGGS IN AVOCADO

Image: Zoryana Ivchenko, Getty Images
Lily says “A new breakfast favourite of mine is to pop an egg in the centre of an avocado, with the skin still on, add seasoning and paprika and bake at 180°C fan/Gas Mark 6 for 15-20 minutes. They work just as well with toasted fennel and coriander seeds and lemon juice.” Image: Zoryana Ivchenko, Getty Images

3: RAW CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH AVOCADO AND BANANA – RECIPE HERE

Image: Mobile Bay Magazine
Image: Mobile Bay Magazine

4: DELICIOUSLY ELLA’S CREAMY MINTED PEA AND AVOCADO DIP – RECIPE HERE

Image: Deliciously Ella
Image: Deliciously Ella

 5: ANNA BARNETT’S CHILLI GUAC MAC N’ CHEESE – RECIPE HERE

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Image: Anna Barnett / The Independent

 

 

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