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:
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.
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.
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?
Thank you again to California Grown for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about all of California Grown growers. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #CleverCAGrown #spon