It The Color Green Was A Food What Would It Be?
Of course, this is a subjective question, but without thinking too hard what food do you associate with the color green?
You could say grapes, lettuce, spinach, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, green beans or peas, and those wouldn’t be wrong answers—but for this post, I’m going to pitch the avocado as a quintessential green personified.
In this season of green (i.e., summer in the Midwest), I’m struck by the feelings evoked when I see the color green—calm, comfort, and coolness. Read on to see how the wondrous avocado is packed with health benefits and delicious options for you, and see if this isn’t what you first think of when you’re asked this color question in the future!
FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?
So, what’s your two cents? If you consider the avocado a vegetable, you’re not alone—even the USDA designates it as one. But it turns out it’s actually a “single-seeded berry,” as per Love One Today. This website is the face of the Hass Avocado Board and is comprised of avocado growers, including those from California, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and Peru, so they know a lot about avocados and even share recipes, nutritional information and seriously cool factoids.
For example, as an avocado ripens, the green skin turns a dark, nearly purple color. That is actually a layer growing on top of the skin, and is called the exocarp. And then inside is where the green of the avocado is most enticing with the flesh surrounding the seed, called the endocarp. But there is also a dark and rich green layer between the skin and endocarp called the mesocarp, which represents a green I’m particularly fond of.
When I spoon out the inside of a ripe avocado and mush it with lime and a pinch of salt to spread on my toast, I feel that the shade of the two layers together perfectly resonates the essence of the green I most love—herbal, natural, soothing and smooth.
AVOCADO IS A NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE
I’m trying to drop about 20 pounds right now, so I feel conflicted when I eat an entire avocado since each one packs nearly 240 calories, not to mention 23 grams of fat. However, the nutritional values of the avocado list a number of major vitamins, including C, E, K and B-6.
And when it comes to the fat in the avocado, Medical News Today notes that these fats are natural and beneficial for the heart and eyes. Plus the fat helps satiate hunger, too!
AVOCADO TOAST AND GUACAMOLE
I’ve long been a fan of guacamole and love a good batch made with perfectly ripe avocados, chopped tomatoes and onions, and a lot of lime. Lately I’ve also found that avocado toast is quite delicious and makes for a great morning meal.
So far, I basically make guacamole and then use it as a spread (really thick by the way) on a piece of toast or a slice of bagel, but I’d like to expand my horizons. These recipes by Cookie + Kate offer some great ideas. What would you include with your avocado toast? Perhaps a friend egg or slices of tomato drizzled with balsamic vinegar?
When I think of green, I think about the earth and all the lush shades offered up in nature. I also hunger to eat a more plant-based diet because it just seems like the right thing for my health. How about you? Are you eating more greens these days?
Whether I’ve made the case that if green were a food it’s the avocado you’ll decide, but I hope you’ll consider eating more of them because they are so nutrient rich. What is your favorite recipe for eating avocados?
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