#thursdaythrive Avocado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#thursdaythrive  All about Avocados!
- Avocados are ripe when they feel heavy for their size, yield to light pressure and are dark in color. But don't squeeze these delicate babies too hard. Not ripe? Put in a brown paper bag for 2-4 days, or you can speed up this process by putting a banana or apple in the bag.
- Avocado trees do not self-pollinate; they need another avocado tree close by to bear fruit.
- The avocado is an Aztec symbol of love and fertility, and they also grow in pairs on trees.
- Don't let its rough outer covering fool you — the inner smoothness and creaminess are what we need for youthful skin. With all of the nutrients, healthy fat and vitamins, an avocado tree could be the next fountain (tree) of youth!
- Avocados are one of the only fruits that contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (the good-for-you fat) that helps boost good (HDL) cholesterol and lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol.