Summertime means lazy afternoons, sunshine, swimming and the start of Florida organic avocado season at Uncle Matt’s Organic. While avocados are also grown in California and Hawaii, the first Florida avocado crops were planted in the antebellum era of the 1830s by horticulturist Henry Perrine. Avocados didn’t become a commercial crop until the early 1900s. In the 1950s, after gaining popularity as a salad item, demand for the fruit grew. Yes, fruit. Widely considered a vegetable, the avocado is actually a fruit that has become a favorite of foodies everywhere!
Did you know that there are more than 50 different varieties of Florida avocados, but that only about a dozen of those are sold commercially? Running from late June through December, Uncle Matt’s will offer organic Donnie, Simmonds, Nesbitt, Beta, Tonnage, Black Prince, Hall and Monroe varieties — grown by our very own second-generation avocado grower, Murray Bass, in Homestead, Florida.
Uncle Matt’s Florida organic avocados are “green-skin,” which means they’re larger than the popular Hass variety but have less fat and fewer calories. Which brings us to this important point: Don’t avoid the avocado because you think it’s too fattening! It’s a creamy, delicious superfood that powers your body with an array of healthy fats and nutrients –– like oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione, just to name a few. These powerful nutrients help protect your body against cancer, heart disease, and degenerative eye and brain diseases. What’s more, they’re also a healthy source of dietary fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C.
We love our avocados because they’re definitely good for whipping up our favorite summertime guacamole. But our fruit’s mild flavor lends itself to the creative and unexpected. Try a half avocado in a fruit smoothie, or add some slices to your sandwich instead of lettuce. If you’re really looking for some culinary trendsetting ideas, wow the guests at your next dinner party with this colorful Avocado, Beet and Grapefruit Salad and top it off with yummy sure-fire favorite chocolate cupcakes…only the secret’s in the icing. Avocado icing, that is. Trust us, it’s amazing!