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ChowDownBob 09-18-2015 06:20 AM

Eating avocado - are you supposed to mix it with something or cook it from raw?
 
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!! :sick:

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)?

GotGarlic 09-18-2015 06:39 AM

Hi and welcome to Discuss Cooking :smile:

Did you eat it plain? Avocados taste better sprinkled with lemon or lime juice and salt and pepper.

Avocados are one of those things that's often better with other ingredients. One popular use for it is to make guacamole: cut the avocado into chunks and mix it with diced tomato, diced onion, minced garlic, minced jalapeņo, lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt (or salsa, to make it easier). This makes a tasty dip for tortilla chips or a spread for tacos and fajitas.

Some people like to slice them and put them on sandwiches. Or dice them and use as a garnish on almost any kind of Mexican dish.

Hope this helps.

CraigC 09-18-2015 07:04 AM

Just like the song about tequila by Shelly West, ... with a little salt and lime!:yum: Welcome to DC.

medtran49 09-18-2015 07:28 AM

Um, was it actually ripe? Most avocados sold in stores are unripe and take a few days to ripen. If it was at all firm and hard, it wasn't ripe. Unripe avocados taste horrible.

There should be a little give and the flesh should be fairly soft and creamy. It should still hold it's shape when sliced or cubed, but barely, like potatoes cubed and cooked for potato salad.

If it's really soft and has a bunch of brown stuff inside, it's over-ripe. A very, very tiny bit of brown here and there is okay, just cut it out.

Second the lime or lemon juice and salt, and GG's suggestions. Sometimes we make a simple salad with very thinly sliced red onion (soaked in ice water for a bit to take out the harshness) with slices of avocado, lime juice, S and P.

Also, which kind did you get, the nubby, dark green, sort of pear-sized/shaped ones or the bigger, smooth skinned brighter green ones?

Dawgluver 09-18-2015 08:53 AM

That's unfortunate. Sometimes it's difficult to find a perfectly ripe one.

Do you have a Mexican restaurant in your town? If so, try some of their guacamole, or another dish that includes avocado. That might give you a good idea of how they're supposed to taste. Rich and buttery.

FoodieFanatic 09-18-2015 08:57 AM

To see if an avacodo is ripe take the little piece of stem off. If it's brown underneath it's ripe, if it's green it's not ripe.

ChowDownBob 09-18-2015 09:09 AM

Thanks for the tips guys - and by the sound of it the ones I bought were not ripe, which possibly explains why they tasted so bad.

Does the taste change dramatically as they ripen or does it just improve the texture and make them more palatable?

GotGarlic 09-18-2015 09:13 AM

It should taste mild and buttery. It takes other flavors well, but the buttery texture is appealing.

FoodieFanatic 09-18-2015 09:13 AM

Definitely changes the taste. To me they get a nutty flavor, smooth and creamy texture. My favorite vegetable or is it a fruit? In any case I love them!

Dawgluver 09-18-2015 09:21 AM

My favorite way to eat an avocado is to cut it in half, sprinkle with a bit of hot sauce, and scoop out and eat the pulp with a spoon. The shell acts like a dish.


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