Have I told you that we have been growing two avocado trees together in our garden? They were about our height when we acquired these precious trees, together with the olive and bread fruit tree, and they have been growing considerably well in the past 2-3 years. We can’t wait to discover what the fruits will be like. You see, it’s hard to know which avocado type this tree could be when we are not avocado experts ourselves and also information and botanical names are rarely provided by the plant wholesaler. Huh?! Did I say Avocado types?
Yep, there are different avocado types in this world. I believed all this while that there were about 2-3 avocado types until I saw a post from food republic recently showing a few of the commonly available avocado versions. I had no idea, did you? Apparently there should be way more varieties, especially because of the advances in the field of GMO produce but we should also keep in mind that this fruit has been a favorite of the ancient South American cultures and different avocado varieties must have been common back then already.
If you check out the food republic post about avocado varieties, you will see that each avocado has it’s uses. Some are more oily and bigger in size and others drip fresh juice when cut open. The most common avocado variety worldwide and also in Goa, so far at least, has been the Hass Avocado. I think so they should rename it because Hass means hate in German and such a pretty fruit deserves a better name. Back in Europe I remember coming across smaller, drop shaped avocados with a thin and sometimes glossy skin. My mum would pick the right ones in the store since she is a better avocado expert.
In fact I haven’t always been an Avocado fan. I fell for it when my mum dropped some vinaigrette in an avocado half. Sour flavors somehow go well with certain avocados. In Goa, my husband had to convince me first that his best selling milk shake was the avocado milkshake. I understood why when I had my first sip! Then of course I opened my heart and experimented with the avocado fruit in my cooking. Guacamole, salads, you name it! Today I am sharing one of these avocado recipes, a spicy avocado crostini.
Crostini are small Italian breads that are grilled crunchy first with a drizzle of olive oil and then you can either add traditional Italian toppings or something more fancy such as this avocado spread. The spicy avocado crostini recipe is completely vegan and maybe paleo (I am not a paleo food expert so I am just guessing according to the ingredients!) When you make this, remember to cover the spooned out avocado with fresh lime juice or it will turn quickly brown. Also feel free to adjust the amount of added chili powder, you can add more if you like it hot.
- 1 big ripe and soft Avocado
- Juice of one small lime
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- ½ Teaspoon red Chili powder or use more according to your spice requirements
- 3 Tablespoons + 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 big Garlic pod
- French baguette or Italian ciabatta style soft bread
- Cut your avocado in half, discard the seed core and spoon all the fruit flesh into a mixer jar. Quickly add lime juice before the avocado turns brown.
- Add seasoning: Salt, pepper and chili powder. Continue to add 3 Tablespoons of olive oil and 1 garlic pod. Blend the whole content to a smooth paste without any chunks.
- Cut your bread into slices, drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon equally on the top side of the bread. Place under griller for about 10 minutes or until the bread is toasted brown.
- Spread the spicy avocado on top of each grilled bread and garnish with coriander.