When I started looking for a place to call my true home the only places I could see myself were KZN and my current home, Mpumalanga. Though everything in me favoured KZN; I knew I wanted a house (or plot to build on) surrounded by peach, mango, avocado, banana and guava trees and maybe a small section of sugarcane. Somehow my current home managed to win me over without most of that. At the edge of my house, there stands a lonesome avocado tree and every other year -- when the seasons have been kind -- since moving in, I have had an abundant flow of avocados.
If you are wondering why you should be as excited as I am about the season of many avocados then you've come to this corner of the internet at the right time.
Most skin care products are infused with avocado oil because it contains vitamins A, C and E and because it is rich in antioxidants and fights signs of aging. Weather in your salad or pasta dish or used as a facial mask, avocado will will give your skin essential nutrients and a glow.
According to avo.org "avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber. They also act as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit."
Avocados are also good for pregnant women, according to this site, because they have high folic contents, which help the mother as well as develop brain and other tissue and cells for the growing baby.
Avacados have 30% more potassium than bananas, which means they are better at keeping your blood sugar levels steady and even lowering them. They contain all the good fats that are good for your heart, they also lower cholesterol levels. All in all good for your blood pumper.
Still need some more convincing to get these great fruits of nature? Well, they are creamy, delicious, very good to look at and they bring you a step closer to achieving your daily requirement of five colours on your plate. Slice one open, toss it on a salad or have it on its own.
I hope you're enjoying your meat free Monday.