Healthy living


Varieties of avocado
L to R: Fuerte avocado, Sharwill avocado, Hass avocado

Use in salads, cold dishes, spreads and dips. Tends to go bitter when heated or cooked.


  • Hass: purple with lumpy skin.
  • Fuerte: olive green with leathery skin that easily separates from the flesh.
  • Sharwill: oval-shaped with puckered skin that is a true avocado green.


Choose unblemished avocados showing slight give at the stem end.


To ripen, leave at room temperature.

When ripe store in refrigerator for up to 2 days. When cut open, leave seed in and brush surface with water or lemon juice and cover closely with cling film.

Serving suggestion

Slice 1/2 avocado onto toasted multi-grain or rye bread. Top with lemon juice and pepper.

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