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Green, slimy, deee-licious, the avocado is probably the blandest foodstuff that my daughter eats. I first gave her it as a finger food proper (not a great success – it shot out of her hand and proved impossible to pick up – cue tears of frustration) but now she gets it on toast or a  rice cake. I take one out with us to the park and I eat half of it on bread (doused in lemon juice and buckets of salt, it's a heart attack waiting to happen) while the bub has some plain.
Some people think they are a pain to open up but the secret is to slice it in half lengthways and twist it (not unlike the peach) leaving you with one side open and the other still containing the stone. The spiffy thing with the avocado is that if you doink the knife into the stone it will lift straight out. Does not work with a peach, as I found out to mine and the NHS's cost.

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17 Responses to “Avocado”

  1. Anonymous says:

    having never tried avocado myself before i thought me and josh would both try it for breakfast 1 morning. it was absolutely disgusting. am thinking maybe i did something wrong, was it ripe, overripe???

  2. Anonymous says:

    Avocado should be quite squishy when it is ripe, a good avocado has quite a rich taste. I think that it is an aquired taste as I've only recently started liking them.

  3. Anonymous says:

    They are sometimes absolutely disgusting when they are over-ripe… they get yucky stringy bits in them and taste quite sour.
    They should taste kind of oily and rich (like Morv) says, but the flavour is surprisingly delicate and tends to be a bit bland without a truckload of lemon juice and salt. or tabasco.
    i love them but it's a Marmite thing…

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have never tried them. Am a little scared of their green slimey flesh! Maybe I should make the effort for the babas sake. Talking of marmite I know it is probably way too salty for the babes but my hubbie gave little one a twiglet the other day…she liked it!!!! Hope I haven't started something…

  5. Anonymous says:

    I must admit that Boomer has also tried a twiglet, I could survive on grapes and twiglets if a sensible adult doesn't interviene – although its Christmas soon , the only time of year where twiglet over consumption is standard – whooohooo

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love 'em but Grizzles wasn't too keen until I mashed them up with banana and/or cream cheese and smeared them on rice cakes. She loved that and now she chomps on them quite happily. Think it's worth persevering with them as they are SO good for you. They're also pretty good in a mini pitta with some chicken and roast peppers – they add moistness. Is moistness actually a word?
    Not a very nice one.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Um, talking about avocados NOT Twiglets.
    On a Twiglet note tho, they trigger off my asthma so maybe avoid if you're an allergic type.

  8. Anonymous says:

    i think moistness is a word now, if it wasn't before, Loll…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Karel and Madelief had a whole avocado between them today, and they loved it.
    I just slice it into 8 parts and leave the skin on (of course I wash it first). Makes it easier for them to hold onto and they can't eat any of the skin anyway, so the ground underneath the high chairs is littered with clean avocado skins.
    And it is imporant to have them just ripe enough.

  10. Anonymous says:

    now i really dont know what avocado is supposed to taste like, i gave it to joshua once and tried it myself, it was vile! i cant give josh stuff that i know nothing about. i dont know if it was supposed to taste like that or it wasnt ripe/overripe or whatever. i think i really need some1 to give me some tha is perfect then i will know if i like it or not lol

  11. Anonymous says:

    i think the knobbly Hass ones are nicer, Jeni. and the thing to do, to be honest, is to buy the 'guaranteed ripe and ready to eat' ones that the supermarkets do nowadays. other than that, press your thumb lightly into the avocado and it should give a little. too much and it's too far gone, not at all and you need to leave it a couple of days.

  12. Anonymous says:

    We tried this today. I thought, soft & mushy so he'd like the texture (he loves similar food like banana).
    I mashed some on rice cakes for Bruno and also gave it to him as finger foods. He likes sucking his rice cakes but not today. Avocado was not acceptable food as far as he was concerned – and me too to be honest but it was in the organic box & needed eating etc etc
    We won't be going there again in a hurry – until it appears in the organic box again! The rest is going in the dog tonight!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Actually, other than the salt, it really is a great snack. The lemon juice has vitamin C in it, and the avocado, though high in fat, is high in the *good* fat..the Omega 3 kind. So it's actually a *prevention* of a heart attack waiting to happen. Eat up and enjoy!
    For those wanting to venture beyond the lemon juice and salt, throw in some chopped sundried or roma tomato, a dash of anchovy paste (optional), some garlic, and a touch of chopped jalapeno (with seeds if you REALLY want a burn) and you've got a lovely guacamole. Great on chips, rice cakes, fingers, etc.. All ingredients of any good guacamole are added strictly 'to taste'.
    And even with all that stuff added, still a very healthy snack.

  14. Anonymous says:

    true story, Savysmom, i love a good guacamole. (but i do think it needs a truckload of salt, it's really the only thing i put salt on, though.) dd, however, has decided she doesn't like it so i get to enjoy it on my own.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Was just looking up avocado as part of my pre-BLW research.
    oh I love avocado. I prefer it on it's own. Ugh, everyone puts salt on them? I think the only thing I've had on them is a little olive oil or chili sauce. I'll be interested to find out what my little pickle thinks of when we start properly.
    They're nice in salads, or sandwhiches too. Yeah you've got to catch them at the right ripe stage – too early (hard to touch) and they have no taste, too ripe and they go stringy.

  16. Anonymous says:

    NOTHING worse than a ropey avocado…

  17. Anonymous says:

    love them squished onto brown soda bread (mcc*mbridge's) with salt! yum!! i often have it for my lunch, it's good fuel for breastfeeding! had a bad one recently, it was underripe, rubbery, disgusting! no, they have to be just right.
    for newcomers, (the grownups): start with guacamole! tortilla chips with a nice spicy guacamole was what got me hooked on them… and they are healthy things on their own. in my case, i think the good oils in the avocado by far outweigh the few grains of salt that i sprinkle on!
    can't wait to start BLW (in about 4 weeks), subscribing to this blog now.

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