TIP OF THE DAY: Identifying A Ripe Avocado

Avocado is a fruit that does not ripen on the tree: It needs to be picked first. Depending on the variety and other factors, it then takes three to six days to ripen at room temperature. To speed ripening, place the avocado(s) in a lightly-closed paper bag with two or three apples or bananas. The…
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CONTEST: Call For Avocado Recipes

If you’ve got a special avocado recipe with a culinary twist, it could win $3,000. Avocados originated in Mexico. Central Mexico’s sun-drenched climate; fertile, rich soil; and abundant rainfall combine to create a very creamy avocado. Check out the history of the avocado. The Hass variety of avocado, grown in Mexico, is prized by chefs…
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CONTEST: The 2009 Avocado Video Bowl

If you have time on your hands over the holidays, you might want to pit your skills against other avocado lovers and create a short video that demonstrates your favorite way to enjoy the luscious green fruit (yes, avocados are a stone fruit—they grow on a tree, like peaches, plums and nectarines). You can create…
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