Avocado Day – 14 May 2014

Green is in!

Apple green, Asparagus green, Lime green and even Absinthe green has got nothing on Avo green.

This regal fruit with its distinctive green flesh is most popular in it’s mashed form and enjoyed with earthy Mexican crisps. But do not be fooled, this green gem is rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins.

“Add an avo” invited The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy to participate in The Avocado Chef School Competition 2014.

IheartAvos will take place on Wednesday, 14 May, at the CHS campus.  Chef Hilmar Jooste will facilitate the day’s activities and we look forward to submitting some interesting dishes to the judges.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable.  It is actually a member of the berry family.
  • There are 5 different varieties of avocado available.  Fuerte, Hass, Pinkerton, Edranol and Ryan; each is slightly different and special in shape.
  • Avocados are not fattening, as previously believed. The truth is half of a typical avocado contains approximately 160 calories ~ 20 calories less than a small bag of peanuts, and slightly lower than a small slice of cheddar cheese.
  • It really is so simple to stone and peel an avocado.  Cut the avocado in half lengthways, through the skin to the stone and then twist the two halves in opposite directions and gently pull apart. Use a spoon to remove the pip. If only using one half, leave the stone in the unused half to slow down the discolouration process.

And to utilise this green gem in everyday cooking, visit the Avocado Growers Association website for some inspired ideas.

Post your avocado-creations on Instagram (@artofhospitality) , Twitter (@ArtOHospitality) and CHS Facebook (Capital Hotel School) with #iheartavos and #AddAnAvo.

Invite your friends to vote/like your entries on the I love Avo’s Facebook page.

And for those of you who are less creative in the kitchen, post your most original AVO RHYME (as an ode to the fruit) on the *CHS Facebook page and stand a chance to win a great prize! *Terms and conditions on Facebook page.

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Source:  SAAGA (South African Avocado Growers Association)

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