California avocado fans aren’t shy about their love for the fresh fruit — they eagerly share photos of their favorite California avocado meals or selfies of themselves in front of Commission posters on their favorite social media platforms. This season, the Commission is asking California avocado growers to share their love of California avocados too.
The California Avocado Commission’s team of Registered Dietitian Nutrition Ambassadors kicked off a series of informational media activities in April that will continue throughout the California avocado season.
Barbecue rivalries in America often feel like sibling rivalries, with each state claiming superiority over its counterparts. Americans have a passion for grilling that can only be described as fiery, and good American barbecue is measured by its finger-lickin’ nature, sometimes even on a one-to-five-fingers-licked scale. Each region has a carefully crafted barbecue culture influenced by a unique set of meats, sauces, ingredients and flavors.
While styles vary greatly among the champions of American barbecue, we aren’t here to settle this age-old debate. We’re here to show how, with a little California love, barbecue staples across America can excite any pit master and backyard barbecue-goer.
Kansas City Barbecue Versus Texas Barbecue
These two barbecue heavyweights often find themselves atop most “Best Barbecue in America” lists, and for good reason. They’re two states divided by style but united by a love of barbecue — and of California Avocados!
Nothing says summer like a barbecue sandwich, and while the North and South haven’t always seen eye to eye, these California Avocado–infused takes on North Carolina pulled pork and Montana bison sure look good together.
While meat tends to be the center of most barbecue attention, it isn’t the only thing that fills your plate on a sizzling summer afternoon. These two side dishes complement any barbecue meat, and each other, wonderfully.
Even after writing an entire book with avocado-centric recipes, I can honestly say I never once got sick of eating avocado. The reason for that is the incredible versatility of avocados.
For instance, did you know that the very same fruit you mash up to make good ol' avocado toast can also be a container, of sorts? Cracking an egg in an avocado's indent conveniently offers an edible cooking vessel. Bake, and eat! It's kind of like a bread bowl...except way healthier.
While flavor is always at the forefront of my mind when I'm searching my kitchen for something to make, health is right up there, too. I love kicking off my day with California Avocado Baked Eggs because it gives me so many of the nutrients my body craves to tackle the rest of the day.
But let's go back to flavor. This dish gets a serious face lift from the Harissa and Garlic Yogurt topping, leaving you not just clearing out the avocado & egg but also licking the bowl in which you mixed the yogurt combination.
Any time I eat a spicy breakfast, I feel transported to the places that eschew bland or sweet morning meals for dishes that make you sweat. I think there’s something exciting about starting the day with a little food-induced glow.
If the spice of the harissa isn't your thing, try cheddar cheese and bacon crumbs, or a sprinkle of za'atar and a drizzle of honey.
California Avocado Baked Eggs with Harissa & Garlic Yogurt Recipe
3 ripe-but-firm avocados
6 eggs, yolks and whites separated
3 teaspoons harissa (or chile paste of your choice)
2 garlic cloves, smashed into a paste with kosher salt
½ cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
Preheat the oven to 425°.
Halve and pit the avocados. With a spoon, scoop a larger circle around the hole where the pit was, approximately 2 inches in diameter. Reserve the scooped-out avocado flesh.
Arrange the avocado halves snugly in a baking dish, leaning them against the sides or each other so that they stay upright. Carefully place one egg yolk into the cavity of each avocado half, then add enough egg white to fill until it has nearly reached the top.
Bake for 17 minutes (check the eggs occasionally, as the time may vary based on the intensity of your oven).
Cut the reserved avocado flesh into cubes, then place in a small bowl and toss with the harissa.
In a second small bowl, mix the garlic paste with the yogurt until well combined.
Remove the avocados from oven, top each with some of the harissa tossed avocado chunks and a dollop of garlic yogurt and serve.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering those who lost their lives while serving in our country’s armed forces. It’s an important day to remember, reflect and honor.
With many of my own family, including grandpas on both sides as well as my best friend having served in the military, the meaning of the day hits close to home for me; and is a reminder to not take what we have for granted, such as the company of our loved ones. That’s why when Memorial Day comes around, all I want to do is spend quality time with friends and family and enjoy some good food, music and of course each other’s company and conversation.
Here are some delicious recipe ideas to inspire your Memorial Day menu.
Avocado Hummus is perfect for summer snacking when paired with sliced veggies. The green color that the California Avocados lends to the hummus, paired with crisp, bright veggies and pita chips appeals to kids sense of fun, and the light addition of garlic adds just enough flavor to satisfy kids from 2 to 102!
By blending crema with ripe California Avocado, lime juice, cilantro and salt, it is transformed into a rich, decadent sauce that I think is even better than butter on corn. It would also be delicious spread on a burger or served with crudités for dipping!
A tossed green salad made by Elizabeth Hass, just the way Rudolph Hass, owner of the original Hass Avocado tree, loved it. Simple, tasty and full of California Avocados. Made with typically on hand ingredients, so it is easy to prepare without much planning. It is made special by the creamy Fresh California Avocado Dressing. Sliced celery and walnuts add some great crunch.
This Summer Harvest Salad is loaded with the abundant produce of summer. From juicy grape tomatoes, bursting with flavor, to fresh, creamy California Avocados and of course, grilled sweet corn, this is summer in a bowl. What better way to welcome a new season of abundance?
Perfectly portable. Grilled chicken tossed in tangy BBQ sauce topped with salad mix, Fresh California Avocados, cheese and crispy onions makes a flavorful filling (with a crispy crunch) for this wrap sandwich. Get ready to satisfy your taste buds and your body. This delicious wrap provides an excellent source of key nutrients including protein (52% DV) calcium, iron, vitamin B6 and dietary fiber.
Surprise your guests with an avocado dessert! California Avocado grower John Scudder has been making this creamy pie for more than 25 years. California Avocado and lemon juice, rather than lime juice, create its pretty color and tropical taste.