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Avocados are a green fruit grown in South California and Florida. You can find them year round in your local grocery stores. Avocados are known for their rich taste that comes from the fats in the avocado. The type of fat found in avocados is monounsaturated fat. This is the type of fat found in olive oil.

Avocados are very healthy for you. They are a good source of monounsaturated fats, Folate, and phytochemicals. Monounsaturated fats prevent against heart disease. Folate is known for preventing birth defects in our children. Moreover, the phytochemicals found in avocados protect against heart disease and cancer.

When searching for an avocado, choose on that is heavy and have no blemishes on it. Press the avocado, if it is soft to the touch, it is ripe. However most, of the avocados you find in grocery store are not ripe. When the avocado isn't ripe it is firm to the touch. It will take a few days to ripen. Ripe avocados should be consumed immediately (within a few days) unpeeled avocados can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days after they ripen. To ripen avocados place in a paper bag and close tightly. Allow the paper bag to sit in room temperature until ripe. Turn the bag over once a day.

After you have a ripe avocado, it is ready to cut. Cut the avocado in half (lengthwise). Cut around the seed. Rotate the avocados to separate. Remove the seed with a spoon or a fork. After removing the seed, peel the avocados from the small end. Now it is ready to consume.

Like many other fruits, avocados turn brown when exposed to air. Prevent this by rubbing with lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar. Then place in a tight container. Alternatively, you consume it immediately.