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It all started with a little tree in California!

Did you know that the Hass avocado, which makes up about 80% of the avocados we eat, was originated from a tree in California? The Hass variety was planted originally by Rudolph Has back in the 1920s. That Hass Mother Tree lived until 2002 when it succumbed to root rot. But, fortunately for us her offspring lives on in California and supplies us avocado lovers with their delicious Hass fruit taste! 

I think if you would have to come up with a mascot for the Keto lifestyle I'm pretty sure we'd all agree it would be the avocado with bacon hot on its tail. But, the avocado is such a clean food that it's not only popular in the Keto lifestyle, but in many other diets as well. 

Avocados help increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. They're basically the only fruit that has monounsaturated fat and they're extremely versatile in cooking and baking. If you've never tried an avocado, today is the day to do it! Once you try one, you'll be hooked. 

The nutrient list alone should make you run out and buy some! 

Pantothenic Acid (B5), Dietary Fiber, Folate, Vitamin K, Copper, Riboflavin (B2), Potassium, Vitamin E, Niacin (B3), Vitamin (B6), Vitamin C, Magnesium, Manganese, Thiamin (B1), and Iron!

Right now we are in the middle of the Avocado season in California. It starts in May and runs until sometime in September. Perfect timing! 

Picking Avocados at the store:

They should be dark in color with just a hint of green. If they are really green then they are unripe. This isn't a concern if you're not ready to eat them right away anyway. Plus, you can ripen them at home very easily. 

How to Store Avocados: 

Storing your avocados might seem daunting if you've tried and failed. Here's a few tips: 

1. If you are planning on using them right away (within a day or two), buy one's that are soft, not mushy. Dark in color. If you place them in the refrigerator this will halt the ripening process so they don't go bad right away. Once they are ripe keeping them in the refrigerator isn't a good idea. 

2. If you want to store them for longer, the best way is to get harder avocados and keep them out of the refrigerator. You also should keep them separated and on a surface that absorbs moisture. I find that cardboard works great. This will allow them to ripen gradually on their own and be ready when you need them. I've seen people use apple cartons as a place to store them. I personally don't eat that many so fast so I don't buy a lot at a time. 

3. If you're planning on using them for ice cream, frozen desserts or smoothies, I find that cubing them and immediately drizzling a little fresh squeezed lemon juice on them and sealing them up right away will allow them to last in a freezer longer. This way you can take them out and immediately place them in the mixer/blender for a frozen treat. 

~ Christine Fox, KetoFitGal