Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guacamole

Guacamole is not a typical Spanish dish but it makes a good appetizer and is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and good fat.
The main ingredient of guacamole is the avocado or aguacate from the aguacatero tree. The word aguacate comes from the indigenous Nahuatl word ahuácatl. The habitat of the aguacatero was originally Central America and Mexico. The tree belongs to the family of lauraceae, like the bay leaf (laurel in Spanish), cinnamon and camphor. The avocado is excellent for treating high cholesterol because of the monounsaturated fat. It is also rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D and E.



Ingredients:


2 Avocados
1/2 Red Onion
1 Ripe Tomato finely chopped
1-2 Limes 
Salt


In a bowl place the meat of the avocado that has been spooned out and mashed with a fork. Then add the tomato, onion, the juice of the lime(s) and salt. Mix everything very well and serve with chips as an appetizer. The lime works as an antioxidant and stops the avocado from turning black. Some people put the pit of the avocado in the guacamole for the same reason.

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