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Rock me avocado!

Rock me avocado!

I hope everyone’s still enjoying the avocadoes as much as I am. New Zealand avocadoes are just great straight or with a bit of salt and pepper, or even just a squeeze of lime. I also like the unconventional ways of using them like smashing them into hot pasta to make a creamy sauce with a few herbs and chopped fresh tomatoes.

But the most unusual use for an avocado and one that is not that common to us in “the West” is actually recognising it as the fruit that it is and sweetening it up. In South East Asian countries you can order an avocado shake, which is avocado blended with a bit of ice, sugar and condensed milk. In countries that tend to have fewer cream or milk-based desserts, an avocado shake can hit the spot for travellers. And imagine getting your Omega 3s from dessert. Bonus!

The first time I had avocado served up in a non-savoury way was in Sri Lanka. My husband and I had just eaten an amazing spread of curries and were thinking how a bit of ice cream would be a nice compliment for afters. The guesthouse owner said, “I think I know what you want. But I think it’s a surprise. Do you trust me?”. Since he and his wife had just served up a veritable banquet of amazingness for dinner, we knew we could trust him. “Go for it!”, we replied. And off he went as excited as a schoolboy about to present his Mum with something he’d drawn at school.

He was back within 5 minutes with two ice cream dishes full of what we thought was, well… ice cream glistening with sugar on top. Looking at each other we were thinking maybe the “surprise” was that it was a special flavour he thought we’d never had before.

“What flavour is it?”, we inquired.

“Avocado!”, he beamed.

“Avocado ice cream”, we countered.

“No, avocado!” (He was practically dancing with excitement at the prospect of introducing this delicacy to two Kiwis.)

So we were thinking to ourselves that this is avocado in a bowl with sugar on top. Uh, OK. We did say that we trusted him. As we dug in, we couldn’t believe it. It was gorgeous! I’m not sure if it was just because we’d been talking about ice cream, but it actually tasted like sweet creamy ice cream, only it wasn’t quite that cold.

Since then I’ve seen it served with the ubiquitous condensed milk, or even honey. And someone has recently told me that they sweeten avocadoes in Brazil, too, so maybe we’re just missing out on this great big secret.

Try putting the avocadoes in the fridge for half an hour or so beforehand if you want it chilled. Whatever your fancy, I really recommend you try sweet avocado.

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6 Responses to "Rock me avocado!"

  1. Marie says:

    I haven’t been to a Ponsonby cafe in ages. I am keen to go and try the apple and avo smoothie. That sounds great! Thanks for the info on the “cow oil fruit”. My mind works in the same way with moving from one wonderful translation to another until you think of something in probably and entirely different way than most would:) I will forever know the avo as the cow oil fruit now!

  2. Genie says:

    I had an apple and avocado smoothie a couple of weeks ago at ThirtyNine cafe in Ponsonby. It was yum. You could taste both the apple and the avo.

    My family (Cantonese) always mashed avocado with sugar to eat on top of toast so it isn’t weird to me to think of avocado as a fruit like banana is a fruit. These days I tend to eat avocado with salt and pepper, but that’s just because I prefer savoury flavours over sweet in general. In Cantonese, avocado translates to “butter fruit”. Butter translates to “cow oil”. Therefore whenever I thin of avocado in Cantonese, I think of “cow oil fruit”.

  3. Marie says:

    I’m glad you like it, Dentysta. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Great blog, I will add this blog to my favorites.

  5. matt miller says:

    I love avocado so much I wish I could marry it. When I was a kid, my mom used to chop 'em up into cubes, drown them in lemon juice, then shake some of that Lowry's Seasoning Salt on top. She'd have us eat it with toothpicks which made it all the more fun. Thanks for the cool idea of avocados for dessert! When summer comes to the Northern Hemisphere, avocado-green Omega 3 shakes will definintely be on the menu!

  6. I had a Brazilian friend who had told me that in Brazil they serve it as a dessert. I love it the way it is eaten here in Texas, in guacamole, the Mexican way. I enjoyed reading your post! Wow, Sri Lanka sounds heavenly and exotic to boot!

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