The Hass avocado is an oval-shaped variety of avocado, smaller than the Fuerte (between 250 and 350 g); it is grown in many countries. Its skin is thin, hard, grainy and brown when ripe. Its flesh is blond (green on the sides), firm and fragrant. Its texture is creamy and smooth and is not fibrous. Its flavour is similar to that of walnuts. It is perfect in salads.
The Hass avocado is rich in fibre which helps digestion. It is packed with vitamins (A, C and K) and minerals, including potassium, which supports nerve and muscle function. In fact, it contains more than bananas! It also contains monounsaturated fatty acids or “good fats” and antioxidants that fight cell ageing and prevent the appearance of diseases, such as certain cancers.
The tropical avocado is much larger than the common avocado variety: it can weigh up to 1.6 kg. It is also less fatty due to its low oil content. Its creamier flesh and milder, smoother and slightly sweeter flavour make it an ideal ingredient in starters and desserts (ice cream, soufflés, etc.). It is at its best before being perfectly ripe: a hard avocado is therefore a sign of freshness on the shelves.
The tropical avocado is rich in vitamin K, which plays a role in bone formation and blood clotting. It is also an excellent source of vitamin B5, known for its regenerative properties for the skin, nails and hair. This vitamin is also involved in the production of steroid hormones (growth hormones), neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) and haemoglobin. Lastly, it is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium and iron.
A small avocado with big flavour
The cocktail avocado, also known as a “cuke” or “baby avocado”, is half the size of a regular avocado and has no stone. Smooth, creamy and slightly sweet, it is ideal for decorating dishes. It is mostly produced during the Christmas period.
Avocado is a source of vitamins B, C and E, the latter two being known for their antioxidant properties which help to fight cell ageing and prevent certain diseases (cardiovascular, cancer). It also contains magnesium which combats stress and anxiety, potassium which is beneficial for blood pressure and phosphorus which ensures strong bones and teeth. Lastly, it offers the beneficial quantities of iron, copper and zinc.