The avocado, despite its green color, is indeed a fruit and not a vegetable. It has a tough outer layer (often called a rind), a fleshy middle part, and a casing around the seed found at the center of the fruit. In fact, avocados are actually considered to be single-seeded berries, although you might find that classification to be rather odd. Avocados being considered fruits isn’t the only information we don’t hear much about either.
Avocados Contain More Potassium than Bananas
You read that entirely correctly! Most of us have been raised to think that bananas are the fruits highest in potassium. A single avocado contains twice as much potassium as one banana – 975 mg vs. a 487 mg
Avocados are a Fruit High in Protein
It’s not often that you find a fruit with a significant amount of protein in it – a whole four grams of it. This protein contains all 18 of the most important amino acids that our bodies have no problem using.
The Health Benefits of Avocados Don’t Require You to Eat Them
You can use the fleshy inside of the avocado fruit to treat burns and moisturize excessively dry skin. You can also use it to repair hair that has been damaged by dyes and bleach.
Dying to Eat Some?
Try replacing butter in your favorite recipes with avocados instead. As long as you don’t use too much, you probably won’t even notice much of a difference. It works because the avocado is so creamy and contains quite a bit of healthy fat. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these avocado substitute recipes. If you need to get your avocados to ripen more quickly, throw them in a brown paper bag with either a banana or an apple. Trust us, it works!
If you’re not sure where to start, check out these substitute avocado recipes or try some Mexican dishes.
Here’s a fun Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe that uses avocado instead of egg…and best of all, it’s delicious!