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Did you know a fruit that is savory in flavor is treated as a vegetable from a culinary standpoint? Avocados have a dual role as a fruit and vegetable.

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Veggie Guide: Shopping, Storage, Preparation, and More
  • Choose an avocado that is heavy for its size, not too hard and without dark or soft spots.
  • To ripen, store on the countertop or in a paper bag. For ripe avocados, refrigerate up to 3 days.
  • Cut avocado in half longwise with a sharp knife. Separate the two pieces by twisting them in opposite directions.
  • Remove the pit with a spoon. Peel off skin, then slice or dice into pieces.
  • Eat raw
  • Tastes great with black beans, chicken, mango, sour cream or tomato
  • Season with cilantro, lemon, lime or salad dressing
Start Simple with MyPlate

Starting simple is a great way to try out a new vegetable, like avocados. Here are a couple easy ways to enjoy them.

  1. Easy Avocado Toast: Mash Avocado with lime or lemon juice, spread on toast, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Delish!
  2. Quick pasta sauce: Blend avocado, garlic, green onions and lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Toss with hot spaghetti.
  3. Make smoothie cubes: Mash avocados and lemon juice with a fork until smooth, then freeze the mixture in ice cube trays. Add a cube or two to a smoothie.

Serves 6
1/4 cup servings

  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 avocado, pit and skin removed
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender
    and process until smooth. If needed,
    add 1-2 Tbsp more water for a creamy texture.

Recipe is an excerpt from I ❤️ Vegetables book.
Free recipe cards below for download in English or Spanish.

Nutrition Facts per serving:
230 calories; 14g fat; 22g carbohydrates;
7g protein; 5g sugars; 0mg cholesterol; 200mg sodium.

What Else is in Season

Other Vegetables in Season include:

  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard Greens
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Leeks
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes/Yams
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash

View our What’s In Season GUIDE for FALL for a printable, 2-sided, complete list of fruits and vegetables in season plus shopping, storage, preparation, and start simple tips.