Wednesday, November 30, 2011

¡holy guacamole!

so i read this post yesterday and had a moment of major appreciation for our three beautiful avocado trees in our yard. i mean, i appreciate these beauties all the time, don't get me wrong – but i was feeling especially lucky to live in sunny california with big, fruit bearing avocado trees just steps from my front door. it's a serious luxury.

and talk about fruiting.
there are easily a couple hundred avocados hanging from those branches. some are ready to pick,  others just need a little more time. so exciting.

we have two fuertes – which are my favorite favorite favorite – and one haas.

but get this: the chooch doesn't like avocados.
and bonzo? well if i mash them up and call it guacamole, he's much more interested.

i like to throw them in smoothies when they're really ripe. or just spread them on toast with a little lemon juice, salt and pepper. they make everything – salads, sandwiches, tacos, burgers – a thousand times better.

and here's a tid-bit: if you leave a little bit of the steam on them when you pick them it's a perfect indicator for when they're ripe – when it falls off, you're good to go.
these guys take about a week to ten days to ripen up so i like to go out and pick them a couple times a week so ripe ones are at the ready as often as possible. because you can't fudge it with avocados.

pass the chips!


wildchild said...

is it crazy that i've never tried an avocado or anything made from avocados? they scare me for some reason :) what do they taste like?

dionna-code-name-mama said...

Mmmm - I would LOVE to have fresh avocados growing in my yard!!

TY for the sweet well wishes on Ailia's arrival! :)

blake said...

dude!!! luck. out. i can't get enough of 'em and I pay dearly for every single delicious, dear avo. wowzers!!!

Bridget said...

stop it. sara, i'm seriously jealous of your life right now. insanely jealous. i mean, sunny santa barbs, family close by... and now you tell me you have AVOCADO TREES IN THE BACKYARD?!

i didn't even know there was another beyond hass. that's how sad it is out here. poor me.

and seriously, i'm with blake. it's like a dolla per avo in my neck of the woods! and you've got them growing on trees in your backyard! dayum!

Lindsay said...

So jealous! Those avocados are beautiful!! I could take a spoon and eat them out of the skin!

Shannon :: The Scribble Pad said...

oh my avocados. yes please. super jealous that you have them for free, right outside your door! We love us some avocados, and have been known to pay $4 a pop here in DC. I might be mad at you for this, even though I should really be happy.

all of you commenters who get your avocados for a buck or two, I am also mad at you.

let me go sit in a corner and sulk now.

Colleen said...

yum. fuertes are my favorite! I am also so jealous!

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

I wish I had an avocado tree!