Originally Posted by ChowDownBob
I'd heard of avacados but never bought or eaten one until recently, when my daughter came home from school saying they'd talked about them in class and "could we try one?"
I stopped at the market on the way home and bought three of them and when I got home cut one up to see what was inside. I assumed you should take the skin off the outside and eat the pulpy / fleshy stuff inside, and of course found the stone in the middle - and it all seemed to go okay until we tasted it!!
It was horrible - such a strange texture and the taste, well, not one of us liked it and we decided that maybe you need to do something more to it or mix it with something, or steam it or fry or bake it maybe.
So what did we do wrong (if anything)? and if we didn't, do you get used to the taste and texture over time (not that we're likely to persist as it really wasn't all that pleasant)?
The first time I ate an avocado, I didn't care for it at all. It felt greasy, and garlicy. DW made fresh guacamole by smashing the avocado meat, adding diced, fresh tomato, and a little lime juice. It was better. I changed it up again by adding a little Tobasco Sauce and fresh cilantro, and changed the citrus to lime juice. This is my favorite guacamole.
I now love ripe avocado just sliced, maybe served in a pita pocket with thinly sliced, medium rare sirloin, and bean sprouts, or as a side dish on the plate with dinner.
The flavor grows on you, and once it does, you are hooked. They are delicious. I like the Haas Avocados the best, though I like the Florida ones as well. As the others have posted, the avocado must be ripe. It will not ripen until after it's picked. If your store only has unripe fruit, simple let it sit for a couple of days to ripen to perfection.
Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North