The HASS variety of Avocado is the most common in Australia and grows almost all year round benefiting from being grown in many different regions around Australia. In fact the HASS variety makes up more than 75% of all Avocados grown in Australia. Key features of the HASS is that is typically more oval than other Avocados. It’s skin is often described as pebbly and it turns a deep purple when ripe.
- Powerful antioxidants A broad spectrum of vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin K and B vitamins like B5, B6 and folic acid Anti-inflammatory and cholesterol reducing phytosterols Valuable minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium and potassium Beneficial levels of dietary fibre.
- Avocados are a source of folate which helps support a healthy pregnancy, B vitamins to fight tiredness, and healthy fats to boost the nutrient absorption from other foods.
- The unique combination of vitamins and minerals found in avocados can help keep your immune system fighting fit, boost energy, enhance brain power, build bone, aid gut health, support healthy skin and can even put you in a better mood. Basically, avocados make everything better.
- It’s little wonder there are so many health benefits when a single serve of avocado (1/4 or 50g) boasts healthy fats, fibre, folate, niacin, vitamins C, B5, E & K, potassium and antioxidants.
- Avocados contain a brain-loving bundle of nutrients that help put you in a good mood, boost your energy levels and fight fatigue – talk about the ultimate food to kickstart your day!
Why so good for the heart?
Avocados are one of the few fruits that are also a healthy fat food. A 50g serve (or a quarter of an avocado) contains just 6g of total fat, that’s around the same amount of fat as in a teaspoon of cooking oil. Avocados are particularly rich in healthy monounsaturated fats. A healthy varied diet high in fruits and vegetables, such as avocado, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and contribute to good heart health.
Tips and tricks:
- We recommend storing your avocado at room temperature in the fruit bowl until it reaches the preferred ripeness for eating.
- To speed up the avocado ripening process we recommend placing unripe avocados in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana for two to three days until they are ripe.
- It’s the plant hormone ethylene, which occurs naturally in fruits like apples and bananas, that triggers the ripening process.
- Refrigerating a whole, ripe avocado will maintain the optimum ripeness for two to three days until you are ready to use it. Sprinkle cut avocado with lemon juice or vinegar to stop it browning, seal with cling wrap removing any air, and store in fridge.