What's in a Name? The Avocado Story In 1915, a group of California farmers reinvented the humble ahuacate. The fruit now known as avocado has a buttery, nutty flesh unlike any other and presents a mouthwatering array of serving options.
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What's in a Name? The Avocado Story

The flesh of an avocado is unlike any other fruit: buttery, not sweet, somewhat nutty and oily in flavor; firm enough to be sliced or diced, yet pliable enough to be mashed into a paste or puree. Scroll down for three avocado recipes. iStockphoto hide caption

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The flesh of an avocado is unlike any other fruit: buttery, not sweet, somewhat nutty and oily in flavor; firm enough to be sliced or diced, yet pliable enough to be mashed into a paste or puree. Scroll down for three avocado recipes.

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Selection, Storage and Use

Juice Alpokat (Indonesian Drink)

The avocado gives this popular Indonesian drink a consistency similar to egg nog.

Serves 2

1 avocado

1/2 cup skim milk

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 teaspoon instant coffee

1 cup crushed ice

Peel and pit avocado. Put all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth.

Homemade Guacamole

There are many ways to make guacamole, but my wife's version has earned consistent praise and requests for the recipe. Keep the avocado somewhat chunky and use good salt.

2 ripe avocados

2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed

1/4 red onion, finely diced

4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

Juice of 1/2 lime

1/2 jalapeno pepper, finely diced (optional)

Coarse sea salt

Pepper

Split avocados, discard the pits, and empty contents into a medium bowl. Add garlic, onion and cilantro. Mash with a fork or the ball end of a large whisk until smooth but still chunky. Add lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chips or use as a topping on grilled chicken or steak.

Grilled Corn, Mango and Avocado Salsa

Howard Yoon
Salsa and salmon
Howard Yoon

2 ears grilled corn on the cob

1 mango, diced

1 small red onion, finely diced

1 roasted red pepper, diced

1 small jalapeno, diced without seeds

3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 lime, juiced

Salt to taste

1 Hass avocado, diced

Hold corn upright on a cutting board and slice corn kernels off cob. Mix kernels in bowl with all remaining ingredients except avocado. Let sit in refrigerator for at least half an hour. Before serving, add diced avocado. Mix gently, adding more olive oil and salt to taste.