Three Ways to Eat California Avocados

by Wendy Copley on December 11, 2011

Thank you to California Grown for encouraging me to connect with California growers and encouraging California consumers to “Choose California Grown” when they can.

Avocados

There are a lot of things I like about living in California — my husband, the weather, the ocean — but the fantastic local produce is really high on my list. I grew up in Iowa where the farmland is excellent to be sure, but the midwest has a hard time competing with the amazing fruits and veggies that are grown year round in California. Even after living here 20+ years, I am often amazed by the beautiful food I find in the markets.

I love so many California crops: artichokes, peaches, cherries! But avocados are the absolute best — so creamy, so smooth, so yummy! 90% of the U.S. avocado crop is grown here and I love that when I buy them I am supporting my state’s economy. I also like that I’m eating a locally grown food and all of the benefits that come with that. This is important enough to me that when I’m at the grocery store I seek them out — sometimes even going so far as to ask the produce guy which produce is California grown.

Yes, I sound like a commercial. Yes, I’m being paid to write this post. But I would say all this anyway, I can assure you! My love is real, the money a bonus.

Here are three of my favorite ways to eat avocados:

Avocados

Out of Hand with a Spoon

This is how we usually eat avocados in our house. Cut an avocado in half, pop out the pit, sprinkle with salt and dig right into it with a spoon. The skin acts like a little bowl. When my husband and I are mad at each other (like say, when we’ve been yelling at each other about the Christmas tree…hypothetically), I can make things right by bringing him half an avocado and a spoon.

Avocados

On Toast with Cream  Cheese

I love avocados. I love cream cheese. But putting avocado and cream cheese together is magical. I don’t even understand how the two interact to become so phenomenally delicious.  This is one of my favorite breakfasts in the world.

Avocados

Mixed with Mangos

Dice an avocado and a mango, stir together with a little orange juice and a sprinkle of garlic salt. I eat this on crackers, plopped on a salad or just straight out of the bowl.

The avocados in these photos were grown by a Alex MacLachlan, a farmer based in Bonsall, California. Here is a little more about him and his farm:

How do you eat avocados? Do you manage to keep them around long enough to cook with them? Or is your house like mine where they get gobbled up plain?


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  • Clansi

    My two favourite ways are guacamole and on pizza. Hot avocado is so delightful!

  • Oh!!!!  You make me want an avocado, like, RIGHT NOW!!!  Currently, my
    fav way to eat an avocado is to take half, scoop it out of its skin
    & smash the flesh in a bowl with some salt (preferably onion salt or
    garlic salt) (can I just say that I accidentally typed “want” instead
    of “salt” previously & that’s very telling!) & a splash of lemon
    juice & then to smear it all over some toast.  Must go and put
    avocado on my grocery list toot sweet!!!

  • Will you pretty, pretty please delete this comment plus my other two as “Jill Hughes.”  I hate that I can’t delete a comment myself!!!! Thank you… and God bless the avocado!

  • karina

    We eat it the same way here! Out of the fruit itself. Im going to try with cream cheese.

  • I eat them so much, I might turn into an avocado.  Just this morning I had a toasted bacon and egg sandwich with avocado on it for breakfast. Heavenly.

  • karina

    Also guacamole!

  • Karen

    OK.  My favorite is to chop an avocado, add a spoonful or two of fresh salsa (or if I’m feeling really culinary I add chopped onion, tomato, and jalapeno), and mash with a fork.  Instant guacamole.  Goes with everything.
    My 10-year-old son’s favorite is to make a spring roll:  soaked rice paper filled with smoked salmon, chopped cucumber, shredded carrot, chopped spring onion, and avocado slices.  He LOVES these… would eat them every day.

  • Karen

    OK.  My favorite is to chop an avocado, add a spoonful or two of fresh salsa (or if I’m feeling really culinary I add chopped onion, tomato, and jalapeno), and mash with a fork.  Instant guacamole.  Goes with everything.
    My 10-year-old son’s favorite is to make a spring roll:  soaked rice paper filled with smoked salmon, chopped cucumber, shredded carrot, chopped spring onion, and avocado slices.  He LOVES these… would eat them every day.

  • Yes! We grill them sometimes and they’re wonderful. I’ve never tried them on pizza. Adding it to my list!

  • Done!

  • Jessica

    On a BLT sandwich (instead of mayo), or smashed into a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich!

  • I don’t like avocados. (gasp)

    But I truly miss California’s produce like cah-razy! How I took it for granted! And where we lived was literally the epicenter of fruit growing in the state (in the world, actually!). I didn’t realize how great that was until we moved here. Tennessee’s produce leaves everything to be desired. 

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