Ever since avocados became a healthy thing to eat, guacamole has been more popular then ever. This recipe makes a tasty dipping sauce that’s actually good for your health. Best of all, it’s super easy and quick to make.
In case you’re not familiar with guacamole. It’s originally from Mexico and it’s history actually goes back all the way to the Aztecs. The word guacamole also derives from Aztec and means something like “avocado sauce”. Which is precisely what it is: a dipping sauce made with avocados.
Avocados are the fruit of the avocado tree, which is native to Mexico. While there are many different varieties of avocado (hundreds actually), not all of them are commercially available. The ‘Hass’ avocado is probably the most likely cultivar you’ll find at your local greengrocer. Though that will of course depend on the time of year.
Different types of avocado will look slightly different. Some are pear-shaped, while others have more of an egg-shape. The color of the avocados’ skin can also vary, from green to almost black. But the flesh is almost always a pale green.
But no matter what type of avocado you end up buying, you’ll want to make sure that it’s ripe. An avocado that’s ready to eat should have a bit of give when you squeeze it gently in your hand. Another way to know whether it is ripe is by checking under the stem. If the avocado is ripe, the stem should be easy to remove and the flesh underneath should be green. If the flesh is dark, the avocado is actually overripe. Finally, avoid any fruits that have obvious bruises or overripe spots, as these are never a good sign.
Avocados contain a lot of calories and fat, which at one time put them on the unhealthy-food list. But times have changed. As it turned out, they’re high in mono-unsaturated fats, which are actually good for your heart. In other words: they’re fat but it’s good fat.
Which is all very fortunate. Because we tend to eat our guacamole with a bag of very unhealthy tortilla chips…