Avocado toasts, also known as “avo toasts” are a delicious breakfast or quick lunch. It is an open sandwich recipe basically made with mashed avocado, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and any other thing that might come to the chef’s mind. This simple dish has become so popular and is a star on Instagram: the hashtag #avocadotoast has more than 600 000 likes!
So where do avocados come from?
There is some fight however regarding the origin of this dish. It is commonly attributed to the Aussies, but in every country where avocados grow, like Mexico or California, it is an old tradition to eat avocados on tortillas or toasts.
It seems that the first time it was recorded though on a menu was in 1993 in Sydney by chef Bill Granger. However it became really popular with Gwyneth Paltrow when she integrated it into her cookbook “It’s all good”. Since that, it became the “darling” of food bloggers around the world.
A power food
No wonder when you know what is in an avocado! Native form Central and South America, this little marvels contain a lot of monounsaturated fat, known for helping protecting against heart disease and for lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol. As avocados have an important fat content it gives a good feeling of satiety which helps the regulation of appetite. At last but not least it is also know for having important levels of vitamin E.
But go slowly on them. They have a huge environmental impact!
So, yes, it is a marvelous little fruit. However… This fruit is a really bad one ethically speaking. If you live in the US or Europe, it is very, very likely that your avocados are coming from Mexico. The increase on the avocado demand has been encouraging the “avocado fever”, when farmers in Michoacán (the avocado region in Mexico) chop forests in the region to plant young avocado trees. This consequent deforestation is having a huge impact on biodiversity, soil erosion, water pollution (due to high levels of pesticides). Crops destined to food have disappeared in the region to always plant more avocados. Not only that but the farmers in the region are also living in terror due to the pression of the drug cartels who get their cut from the incomes. This fruit also require huge amounts of water, which is also having important effects on the water supplies of California. In other words… when you decide to eat one, make sure you know where it comes from and eat it moderately. The world thanks you.
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