Jumbo Avocado

Cookbook author, Steve Raichlen, claims< "Florida avocados are sweeter, lighter and moisster than most from Califonria.  And best of all, according to Eating Well magazine, they contain only 1/2 the fat and 2/3 the colories (112 in a 3.5 ounce serving)."  Florida avocados come to market from August to January.

Avocados ripen best off the tree.  To speed the ripening process, place avocados in a paper bag with an apple.  Poke a few holes in a bag and store at room temperature.  A ripe Florida avocado yileds to gentle pressure.  Once ripe, keep avocados in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Ripe avocados peel easily.  Slice in halve and remove one side.  Stick a fork in the large pit and twist to remove.  Avocados discolor quickly, so rub lemon juice on the surface or cut just before serving.