Avocados are the fruit of the tree Persea americana. One more delicious food first eaten in North and South America. They belong to the Laurel family, which is both widely varied and widely distributed containing trees and shrubs ranging from spices such as cinnamon and bay leaves to parasitic vines. Members of that family are found in many tropical and warm non-tropical areas world wide.
Avocados were probably independently domesticated three times, in central Mexico, Guatemala and the West Indies. The commercial Avocado of today is descended from the Mexican variety. The first verified use as food comes from caves in the Tehuacan Valley and have been dated around 9,000 to 10,000 years ago.
Today about 35% of commercial avocados are grown in Mexico. 80% are of the Hass variety originally grown by a mail carrier named Rudolph Hass in La Habra Heights in Los Angeles County. He patented the tree in 1935. It became widely grown due to its’ continuous production, high oil content and tasty “nutty” flavor.
Avocados are considered a healthy food. Although they are high in fats, the fats are of the healthy mono-unsaturated type. They have some protein and also antioxidants and vitamins.
All Stores continue to have short ads this week. Fry’s and Safeway have paper ads while Sprouts has only a digital ad. Store Hours continue the same as last week. Store shelves are in general well stocked, although cleaning and disinfecting products and some paper products are still hard to come by.
Lets all show our care and respect for our store employees by wearing face masks while shopping. They do provide some virus protection for the wearer, but they provide even more for those around us. We now know that many who test positive for the coronavirus show little or no symptoms.
Of course you have your favorite Guacamole recipes, you put sliced or cubed avocado in your green salads, but have you made avocado ice cream? or avocado pasta?
Pasta with Avocado Sauce
Avocado Toast Plain
Avocado Toast Fancy
This would make a fun brunch, let guests make their own.
Avocado Ice Cream
- Cube or slice into your salad with some orange sections
- Cut small avocados in half, remove pit, fill with blue cheese salad dressing, eat with a spoon
- Mash up avocado, mix with finely chopped green onions or shallots. Add crumbled blue cheese. Use to top grilled hamburgers.
- Make Caprese salad:
- slice a large avocado, slice fresh mozzarella, slice tomato, arrange on a plate in a ring alternating ingredients, add some fresh basil leaves in between slices or on top. Drizzle on a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Use 1 inch diced avocado and fresh mozzarella, halved cherry tomatoes and finely basil leaves. Mix in a bowl with olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar.
Cherry Cheesecake Day
Cheesecake (Serve with Cherry Sauce or Fresh Fruit, or finely chopped chocolate or Chocolate Curls.)
BEST BARGAINS IN STORES THIS WEEK
Avocados—$1.25/each, Hass, Large
Beef Brisket—$2.49/lb, whole in bag
Beef Steak—$5.99/lb, New York Strip, boneless, Super Value Pack
Beef Roast—Buy 1 Get 1 Free, Eye of Round or Sirloin Tip, boneless
Pork Chops—$2.49/lb, Assorted, bone in
Roasted Chicken—$5/each, Must Buy 2
Salad Greens—$3/bag, Dole or Taylor Farms, Select Varieties
Stir Fry Kits—$3.99/each, Kroger Brand
Watermelon—$1.99/each, personal size
Many “Outdoor Living” items are on sale for 20% to 40% off
Avocados—$.88/each, large Hass
Beef Steaks—$2.97/lb, Top Round OR $6.97/lb, Ribeye, bone in
Beef Roasts—$2.97/lb, Top Round
Chicken—$1.99/lb,Boneless Skinless Breasts, at full service butcher counter
Watermelon—$2.50/each, personal size
Cantaloupe —$2.50/each OR Honeydew
Sour Cream—$1.29/each, 16 oz. OR Cream Cheese, 8 oz, limit 4, WITH COUPON
Buy One Get One Free on Ritz Snack Crackers and AHA Seltzer Water
Beef Roasts—$2.99/lb, Rump, top Round, Eye of Round, Boneless
Chicken—$1.99/lb, Boneless Skinless Breasts
Salmon—$9.99/lb, wild, Alaskan, Sockeye
Bell Peppers—$.98/each red, yellow, orange
Berries—$1.67/box, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries
Valencia Oranges—$2.50/4 lb bag, Organic
Whole Cashews—$6.99/lb, in bulk foods