As a native Californian, I’ve been extremely spoiled with the abundance of an amazing fruit we call Aguacates (Avocados). Per Wikipedia, “The oldest evidence of avocado use was found in a cave located in Coxcatlán, Puebla, Mexico, that dates to around 10,000 BC. The word “avocado” comes from the Spanish word aguacate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word āhuacatl /aːˈwakat͡ɬ/, which goes back to the proto-Aztecan *pa:wa which also meant “avocado”. Sometimes the Nahuatl word was used with the meaning “testicle”, probably because of the likeness between the fruit and the body part.” Now that’s interesting. ☺
So where do most of our avocados come from nowadays? They come from Mexico. “Mexico produces most of the world’s avocado, and avocado is one of the primary cultivars for export, the eighth cultivar by production volume. In 2013 the total area dedicated to avocado production was 168,155 hectares (415,520 acres), and the harvest was of 1,109,814 tonnes. The states that produce the most are México, Morelos, Nayarit, Puebla, and Michoacan which accounts for 86% of the total,” per Wikipedia.
Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense fruit. Interestingly enough, “One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz.) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals”, per California Avocados. See daily value % here.
Who wants an avocado now? Here’s a delicious mango guacamole recipe we enjoy making and eating. It has a citrus twist to it as we add Meyer lemon juice from our abuelitos (grandparents) Meyer lemon tree. We just love these sweet and tangy lemons!
5 Ripe Avocados
1 Jalapeño, Diced
1 Meyer Lemon
¼ cup Red Onion, Chopped
¼ cup Cilantro, Chopped
Salt & Pepper
In a small bowl (preferably one that has a lid), add the chopped red onion and the lemon juice of half the Meyer lemon. Cover with lid and place in your refrigerator over night. This will cook the onion and give it a sweet citrus taste.
If you’re in a hurry and can not let it sit over night, no worries. Just chop the red onion and add the lemon juice to it first. Then proceed with the rest of the directions so that the onion has as much time to absorb the lemon juice.
Chop your cilantro, mangoes and Jalapeño. If you don’t like your food too spicy simply devein the jalapeño and make sure you remove all the seeds.
Add your avocados, mangoes, cilantro and jalapeño into a large bowl. Fold in the ingredients and add salt and pepper for taste. Lastly add in the Meyer lemon juice and onion along with the lemon juice the onion was sitting in. ¡Y listo!