Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Easy Guacamole/ How to Grow Avocado Pit

Easy Guacamole Recipe

2 ripe avocados
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 small tomato
1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice (or juice of 1 fresh lime)
salt and pepper to taste

Peel avocados and remove the pit (see below for a neat idea on how to use the pits)

Peel and mince the onion and the garlic

Chop the tomato.

Mash the avocado in a bowl (fun for the kids) and then stir in the remaining ingredients.

Serve cold with tortillas



This is so much fun. My kids HATE guacamole, but they love growing the avocados, so they always ask to make it *laugh*. These plants grow HUGE!!

Push three toothpicks in each avocado about a 1/3 of the way from the bottom (large end of the pit).

Suspend the avocado over a glass (the toothpicks will hold it up). The pit should be in 1/2 inch or so of water. Keep the level constant by adding water as needed. DON'T change the water.

First, small roots appear on the bottom side, then the pit cracks and you can see the developing stem. There may be more than one stem and these should always be left alone. When the stem reaches 6 inches, cut it back to 3 inches; this induces a bushy leafy plant.

Plant them after about 2 1/2 weeks. Remove or break toothpicks off before planting. The upper portion of the seed must be exposed to allow new stems to grow so don't bury it all the way under the ground. The avocado should be potted in a large clay pot in a light sandy soil mixture.

Avocado plants need good light, but not too much direct sunlight. Let the plants dry out between waterings. Over watered plants will begin to wilt and shed dried leaves (which leads a lot of people to think they need MORE water which kills them even faster).

Keep them out of drafts. Ours always die eventually because we live in a very dry climate. But they're loads of fun while they last!



Quick and Easy Guacamole Recipe

2 avocados
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (use garlic press for stronger flavor)
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
1 radish

Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper.

Season with remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for half an hour to blend flavors.

Garnish with a sprig of cilantro and sliced radish. Serve with tortilla chips.


Super-Easy Guacamole

Avocados (number according to the size of the crowd)
About 1/4 t salt per avocado
About 2 T salsa per avocado
About 3/4 t garlic powder per avocado
About 1/2 t lemon or lime juice per avocado
Optional: Chopped cilantro, chopped onion


1. Cut the avocados in half, squeeze out the pit (just gently squeeze till it pops out) and scoop the fruit into a bowl.

2. Add the salt, juice, salsa, and garlic powder. Mash it together with a fork (I like to leave some chunks).
Taste. If you can't taste the avocado much, add a bit of salt. If it's a little flat, dribble a little juice in. If it's not spicy enough, add a little salsa. Try more garlic powder to see how that changes it. Play with it and you will find your "ideal guac balance point". This is the secret to excellent guacamole!

4. Stir in cilantro and onion at the end if you want to. I usually do the cilantro, but not always.

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