April 8, 2014
by MimiDHoltz
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Springtime: Avocado Flowers, Hummingbirds, and Baby Avocados

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April is the month when everything happens at once in the avocado grove. Farmers  begin to harvest  the crop that has been growing for the past year on the trees.   The avocado trees are in full bloom and baby avocados are beginning to appear.  The constant humming of bees in the trees as they pollenate the flowers can be loud,  and humming birds are flitting around too!  See the little guy sitting high up in the tree?

avocadoflowersThe avocado flowers are beautiful little stars…clusters of optimism…nature’s little smiley faces.

flowers-and-baby-avocadoAnd after a while,  baby avocados appear … little green B-B’s that grow so quickly you can almost see them change before your eyes.   New red leaves in the spring  turn to green as they mature,  ready to shade the new avocados from the hot summer sun.

on-the-ground-in-the-groveThe flowers eventually drop onto the ground,  tiny reminders of the leaves that fall on the ground in New England.  In the road are the signs that a lucky squirrel  feasted on an  avocado that fell and ripened under the trees, probably due to the winds two weeks ago.   Fresh Hass avocados take up to  two weeks to soften at this time of year.  Need a ripe avocado?  Look under the trees, and hope you beat the squirrels to the soft ones.  Pick some every week and keep them on the kitchen counter if you want to be sure to have beautiful avocados to eat every day.

avocado-foliageAs the weather warms up,  the colorful new avocado foliage becomes lush and green.  Spring is the most exciting  time to visit an avocado grove.

If you live in California,  watch the avocado trees in your neighborhood.  Have you noticed the flowers?  The beautiful new foliage?  Have you seen the flowers on the ground under the trees?  Have you ever found an avocado that an animal has eaten?   It’s springtime…let’s live in the moment!   Let’s stop to smell the roses!

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April 2, 2014
by MimiDHoltz
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Avocado+Egg+Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich For Breakfast

open-face-egg-bacon-cheddar-avocado Today I grilled a piece of sourdough bread, added a fried egg, some bacon, melted cheddar cheese and sliced avocados.  The taste of that cheddar cheese reminded me of grilled cheese sandwiches.

I was thinking about how much I used to love grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast when I was in college.  I didn’t actually grill the sandwiches, but would toast the bread, put the cheese between the two slices of toast and then set the sandwich on top of the toaster to melt the cheese.

Since April is officially Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, I decided to make a breakfast sandwich, including our favorite Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar,  bacon,  and egg.   I grilled some artisan sourdough bread, fried an egg, cooked the bacon until it was crispy.  Then I cut a nice thick slice of the Cabot cheddar, put it on a plate and microwaved it for just 20 seconds.  This starts the melting process so that the cheese can soften on top of the fried egg.

cheese-egg-bacon-sourdoughI love it when the cheese oozes out of the sandwich …but we’re missing something here, aren’t we?

avo-bacon-egg-cheddar-sandwichThat’s better!  A grilled cheese sandwich with egg and bacon are a tasty breakfast, but when the California avocado is included that sandwich becomes an extraordinary experience.

My friend Candace Karu of Cabot Cheese said it very well in a comment the other day.  “The addition of avocado takes a grilled cheese from classic to spectacular!”

  This sandwich was a big hit this morning, and we’ll be enjoying many more throughout the coming avocado season! Happy Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month!

Do you include avocados in your grilled cheese sandwiches?  Please tell us about them, or upload a photo to our Facebook page when you do!   http://Facebook.com/Avocados.Direct  Need avocados?  Order some from our family farm! We’ll pick fresh California avocados from our trees  and ship direct to you!

 

April 1, 2014
by MimiDHoltz
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New Avocado Variety for Parties and Weddings

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Special Announcement:  A new avocado variety has been developed that will revolutionize the avocado industry.  Event planners everywhere are excited to offer color-coodinated avocados for conventions,  weddings, and special events.  Imagine offering  hot pink guacamole, or turquoise avocados instead of the traditional (and boring) green avocados.

“The amazing avocado has just become even more amazing!” gushed Joan DeLeezer, who represents worldwide avocado growers.  “We expect that multi-colored avocados will replace eggs in traditional Easter hunts in years to come.”

Other fruits and vegetables are expected to jump on the bandwagon with their own color variations in the near future.  For example, blueberries will be available in orange,  this year’s trendiest color.

When asked to comment,  Mimi Avocado had just two words to say:  “April Fool!”

 

March 29, 2014
by MimiDHoltz
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Grilled Cheddar, Turkey, and Avocado Sandwich

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Some nights  I just don’t feel like cooking dinner.  We’ve been eating plenty of vegetables and salads all week.  We’ve avoided breads, sweets, and our favorite wine.  It’s time for a splurge.  How about a grilled cheese sandwich…adding turkey and avocado!

cheddar-avocadoBring out the cheddar.  Peel a nice ripe avocado.  Melt some butter in a skillet and add two slices of bread. Top the bread with a thin slice of cheddar and a slice of turkey.  When the bread is browned and the cheddar begins to melt, remove the bread from the skillet with a spatula. Add another thin slice of cheddar on top of the turkey.

open-sandwichesMelt some more butter in the skillet,  put another slice of bread on top of each sandwich,  turn the sandwiches upside down so that the fresh slice of bread is grilled in the butter.

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When the bread is toasted on both sides, carefully pull the sandwich apart and add some sliced avocados.  Put the sandwich back together.

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Grilled cheddar sandwiches are really good.  Add some turkey and they’re better.  Add avocado and you have a really gourmet sandwich.   Grilled cheddar, turkey, and avocado sandwich: it’s worth the splurge.

 

 

 

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March 22, 2014
by MimiDHoltz
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California Avocados Direct 2014 Season Opener

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Spring has arrived here in Southern California, and that means it’s time to begin picking the avocados!   The biggest avocados will be selected and harvested now to make room for the new babies to begin growing.   The trees are already blooming, as you can see the shaggy yellow blossoms which make the trees look much lighter in color than the dark green leaves that are usually visible.

wildflower-gardenAfter a long, dry winter we finally had some rain two weeks ago.  Now the wild flowers are blooming!  Without rain, the ground stays brown.

new-growthWhen the buds for the blossoms begin to grow,  the tree also starts to put out some new leaves.  I like to think of those new reddish leaves as little umbrellas that will grow bigger and shade the new avocados from the sun.

blossomHere is the first flower opening!  They look like tiny yellow stars.  Did you know that avocado flowers are male or female when they first open,  and on the next day when they open again they are opposite?  Some flowers open male at first and then change to female.  Others start out female and open again as male.  Isn’t nature fascinating!

avocado-with-budsThe mature avocados have been growing for a whole year, and are still on the tree when the tree begins to bloom.  Now is the time to begin picking the largest avocados so the tree will have energy to make the smaller avocados grow bigger, as well as set new fruit for next year.

large-fruit-to-pickWe’ll be picking some large and jumbo size avocados on Monday morning to ship directly to customers all over the United States.  Our avocado mail-order website is CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com where you can order a box of California avocados selected and picked just for you!  Or send some California avocados as a gift to someone you love.   We have both Fuerte and Hass varieties available now in the month of March.

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Happy Spring to you!  Enjoy the beautiful avocado flowers!  (The bees are busy pollinating the flowers so that we can have delicious avocados next year.  You can hear them buzzing out in the grove if you listen. bzzzzzzzzzzz)

 

 

 

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