Avocado is a fruit native to Mexico and Central America, which was introduced by the Dutch East Indies to Indonesia in 1920-1930 to meet the fat needs of society at that time. Avocado is currently a fruit that is easy to find and is often consumed as a table fruit or as a diet menu.
Avocados have a savory and sweet taste with a soft texture. Avocados are also rich in nutritional content, thus making them a diet menu that is rarely missed. The nutritional content found in avocados is potassium, magnesium, lutein, carbohydrates, protein, and folate. It is also rich in various vitamins.
Apart from being part of a diet menu, the consumption of avocados every day also provides many health benefits, one of which is to reduce the risk of heart disease. Nutrition experts recommend consuming avocados every day because the content in avocados is associated with a 16 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 21 percent lower risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Avocados are foods that can replace common sources of fat because they contain lots of Vitamins E, K, and B. In addition, avocados also contain omega-3 fats, Vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid. Young Farmers can consume avocados in various ways, from making a mixture of salads to eating directly or in blended juice. Young Farmers can also consume at least half of avocados every day.
How to Cut an Avocado
To consume avocados, of course, Young Farmers have their way of preparing them, including peeling and cutting them. But it turns out there is a right way of cutting avocados so that the nutrients are maintained and preserved the benefit. The most important part of the avocado for a good source of nutrition is the dark green outer part. To get these nutrients Young Farmers can follow the following ways of cutting:
Wash the avocado and then halve it lengthwise around the seed
Separate the flesh from the seeds by twisting the avocado up to a quarter of a turn.
Cut the avocado lengthwise into four parts and remove the seeds.
Peel the skin of the avocado carefully, making sure Young Farmers don’t lose the part rich in nutrients, namely the dark green part that is right under the skin of the avocado.
Cutting the avocado properly will help Young Farmers get as much out of the avocado as possible. As is known, avocados can increase the absorption of carotenoid phytonutrients in other vegetables.
Avocados can be ripened in as little as 2 minutes
Avocados are best eaten when they are perfectly ripe. However, sometimes when you buy them, you can get ripe or unripe avocados. No need to worry because Young Farmers can still consume avocados every day even though they have just bought them and are not yet ripe.
According to tips from Taste of Home, Young Farmers can ripen avocados in just two minutes. The only thing that Young Farmers need is a microwave.
First, Young Farmers must split the avocado into two parts and then remove the seeds. Then wrap each part with plastic for the microwave or aluminum foil. Next, turn on the microwave at high temperature, and add the wrapped avocado for 2 minutes. After two minutes, take the avocado out and run it under cold water while still wrapped, as that will stop the ripening process. Next, Young Farmers only need to open the wrapping and the avocado is ready to be enjoyed. Young Farmers can do this method for avocados whose conditions are not too firm.
Apart from this method, Young Farmers can also ripen very hard avocados by putting apples and avocados in a paper bag. Use a toothpick or safety pin to poke holes in several areas of the paper bag before storing it on any surface at room temperature. The apples will help ripen the avocados by releasing the ethylene gas they produce.
Avocados can be used as masks
Apart from being consumed, Young Farmers can also get the benefits of avocado by using it as a face mask. Usually, avocados quickly turn soft and slightly brown.
Young Farmers, if you don’t want to eat avocados that are too soft you can turn them into a face mask. Using an avocado face mask once a week can help smoothen the facial skin and prevent acne. Avocados can also hydrate facial skin. To make it into a face mask Young Farmers only needs a quarter of a mashed avocado. Next, add a teaspoon of unsweetened yogurt and raw honey. Then the avocado is ready to be rubbed all over the face and used as a face mask. Wait for it to dry, then rinse thoroughly. Avocados also provide benefits for moisturizing facial skin. Good luck! (Transleter: Safaanah)