Why has avocado has been called the world’s most perfect food?
Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fibre; are rich in good fats, such as omega 3 fatty acids; vitamins A,C,D,E, K and the B vitamins; and potassium. Foods naturally rich in omega 3’s, such as avocados, are widely acknowledged as the secret to a healthy heart, brilliant brain and eagle eyes. Avocados are a great source of free radical fighting antioxidants that provide significant protection for your skin from environmental damage and helps to build collagen and elastin, which bind your skin cells together and maintain their firmness and structure. Guacamole is such a wonderful way to showcase and share the love that avocado brings to the table. Other than an accompaniment to Mexican inspired food, I like to serve guacamole on a piece of dark rye toast topped with an oozing poached egg, or with a rainbow selection of raw veggies for dipping as a snack or light lunch.
The trick to perfect guacamole is using ripe avocados, but no too ripe either! You still want that lovely vibrant green colour come the finished product. This recipe is light and tangy, excluding the often included sour cream. In my opinion, avocado’s best friends are salt and lime. Smashing avocado together with only those two would be guacamole enough for me, but including the onion and coriander really round out the flavours nicely.
2 large avocados
1/4 red onion, finely diced
1 lime or 1/2 a lemon
2 tablespoons coriander, leaves and stalks chopped
1 red chilli, optional
salt and pepper
Halve and stone the avocados and use a spoon to scoop out the fresh into a bowl. Add all remaining ingredients and mash with the back of fork until you’re happy with the consistency. Season to taste.