The avocado is a tropical fruit that is now well known even in Europe, so much so that in recent years, it has become a real “trend”. While the avocado toast for breakfast seemed to be an impossible competitor to the “eggs and bacon” formula , today more than a few people prefer a breakfast full of this miracle fruit.
Oh yeah, because the properties of the avocado are as numerous as its benefits, which is why we find this fruit in both food and cosmetic recipes. Let’ s see together what this fruit with its characteristic shape and green color can do and let’s find out why it has become so fashionable.
At the end of the article you will also find a suggestion to buy it local, because yes, avocados can grow closer to you than you think!
Avocados in cooking: recipes and beneficial properties
The avocado is a nice oily fruit and because of that we think it is full of fats to be avoided, but that is not the case! The fats in the avocado are among those that are necessary and healthy, so much so that the avocado ranks among the foods that help reduce cholesterol.
The properties and benefits of this magical fruit are numerous:
- rich in omega-3
- provides a lot of potassium
- Is antioxidant and rich in vitamins (A and E)
- Helps control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure
Perhaps it is because eating it makes us feel like we are lying under a palm tree on a Latin American beach or because our bodies derive various benefits from it, but in short it is easy to see why it has conquered the tables of many Europeans, so much so that it has become the main ingredient in many dishes.
In fact, avocados can be found in so many salads and sandwiches, but also in more elaborate dishes such as sauces (who doesn’t know guacamole sauce), stuffed avocados, creams for topping pasta, or in desserts such as chocolate mousses, vegan brownies, and the beloved morning smoothies. It has a versatile flavor, making it perfect for both savory and sweet dishes.
The benefits of avocado in cosmetics: how to use it
In addition to being good to eat, avocados are also good to spread: whether on the face or hair, this fruit will work wonders. You can create simple homemade masks, taking advantage of the emollient and nourishing properties of the pulp, or buy oil extracted from the seed at the herbalist’s shop, to be used before or after showering, depending on the area affected.
Avocado oil is extremely versatile and is a panacea for various parts of the body; you can use it, for example:
- To massage your scalp, giving you that extra pampering before showering
- to prepare your own hair mask to apply weekly, so nourish your hair and make it silkier and shinier
- To treat dry skin on the lips and face
- To act on stretch marks
- As an aftershave or post-depilation soothing treatment
The miracle fruit: of the avocado, nothing is thrown away
But this is not the end of the story; the miracle fruit never ceases to amaze. In fact, we do not thrown away any part of the avocado: the seed, in addition to producing the oil, obviously allows you to give birth to a new plant, and is perfect even if you do not have a green thumb; the peel , on the other hand, used with a light hand, is an excellent exfoliant for the skin. Both, seed and peel, can then be used to naturally dye clothes and fabrics to which we want to give new life.
Given the amount of benefits, uses and properties of avocados, one would call it a perfect purchase, but it may raise doubts about its provenance: in fact, it seems to have little of “local” and ethical nature, since most avocados on the market come from areas of Chile where both land and workers are exploited. But for a few years now, the purchase of theavocados in Italy seems to have seen a brighter future: some entities in southern Italy, particularly in Sicily, part of the “Altromercato”, a fair trade network, have started small avocado plantations locally, making it possible to purchase Italian avocados..
Similarly, we can also find new and growing avocado plantations in Spain, especially in the area of Andalusia. In short, by paying a little more attention during our purchases, we can not only help local stores but also avoid the massive exploitation of South American crops (and workers).
Now it’s your turn, experiment in the kitchen with this fruit “of life” and let me know in the comments what your favorite avocado recipes are!
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