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!

8 comments:

  1. 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?

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

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

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

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  4. 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!

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

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  6. 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.

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

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