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The ultimate guide to cooking with avocados

Get ready to elevate your avocado game!

Avocados, the super-food that originated in Mexico, are not only deliciously creamy but also packed with exceptional nutritional value.

Did you know that this little green gem is available in the country all year round, thanks to its unique climate that allows avocado trees to bloom four times a year?

Whether you're an avocado aficionado or new to this healthy and delicious fruit, get ready to discover how to make the most of it from January to December with these simple and effective tips!


How to pick an avocado

The choice of the perfect avocado depends on when you want to use it. If the avocado skin is very green, the avocado will be ripe in a week. If the avocado skin is dark, but firm to the touch, it is not quite ripe and will need about two more days. Finally, if the skin of the avocado is dark and yields to a slight pressure, then it is time to enjoy it.

How to ripen avocados

Have an avocado that’s as hard as its pit? Here’s the trick: put the avocado in a paper bag with a banana for three to five days and check its condition daily. If the avocado is slightly soft to the touch, it’s ready to be eaten.

How to prep

First, cut the avocado in half with a chef’s knife by cutting along the length of the fruit, from the narrow part of it, and open it in half. Gently whack the pit with a sharp knife, embedding the blade slightly in the seed and twisting to release it from the flesh. With a spoon, gently scoop the flesh from the skin. Then, you are the chef: slice, cube, or crush with a fork to eat as is or add to a favourite recipe.

How to cook with avocados

As an excellent source of “good fats,” avocados are easy to incorporate into savoury, sweet or spicy dishes, and they can be baked, fried, grilled or eaten raw. They can easily replace fatty culinary bases such as butter in desserts, like in moist brownies, or mayonnaise in sandwiches and wraps.

In the morning, the fruit can be a strong ally in a vitamin-packed smoothie.

For a quick and nutritious snack, try a halved avocado and your favourite seasoning to sustain you until the next meal. For salads and pastas, its creamy base rounds out healthy sauces and dips.

Finally, during barbecue season, try grilling with a little olive oil for three to five minutes.

How to keep avocados fresh

You can slow down the process of avocados going brown, called oxidation, with a few drops of lemon juice or avocado oil. Keep it in the refrigerator for three days, wrapped in cling film.

Unlock the full potential of avocado toast

And, if you're looking for a delicious and nutritious breakfast or lunch recipe that will elevate your avocado game, look no further than this easy-to-follow toast recipe topped with creamy ricotta, zesty caramelized avocados, and fresh figs.

With the perfect balance of sweet and savoury flavours, this dish is the ideal way to start your day or recharge your energy after a busy morning. Get ready to enjoy every bite!


Fig and Ricotta Avotoast

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 2 avocados from Mexico, peeled, pitted and quartered
  • 1 cup (250 ml) ricotta
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) honey
  • 4 fresh figs, halved
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs, to taste
  • Sea salt
  • 4 thick slices of toasted country bread or other, to taste


  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, caramelize the figs and avocados with honey, orange zest and juice, and rosemary for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Spread the ricotta evenly on the toasted bread slices and garnish with caramelized figs and avocados. Sprinkle with sea salt.