Florida Avocados are in season in late fall. Avocados are considered a fruit. They are ready to eat when they are mildly soft. A hard avocado isn't quite ripe yet, but will ripen within a few days normally. Most recipes call for avocados to be fresh, and in fact some cooks will tell you, you should never cook an avocado. As with other fruits or vegetables, they will lose some of their nutritious value. There are a few recipes that you can use a cooked or heated avocado and the result is delicious. Hot or cooked avocados tend to become mushy so be prepared for a soft avocado taste. Florida avocados tend to be bigger than the California avocados. They also contain less fat, which usually means less taste than the California avocados. Florida avocados tend to have more water and less fat content.
There are several ways to cook Florida avocados. One simple and fast way is pan frying. Start by selecting ripe avocados. With a sharp knife, go around the outside, lengthwise. Split the avocado in half and use a spoon to remove the pit. Slice in 1/2 inch thick pieces and place in a frying pan with butter or vegetable oil. They only need to cook for about 3-5 minutes. Avocados should be cooked quickly, prolonged heat exposure may make them taste bitter.
A hot stuffed avocado recipe that will be sure to please is made with chicken and cheddar cheese. Select 3 ripe Florida avocados. Slice them into 3 halves. Place 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1 clove of garlic in each half. Let stand for 30 minutes. While waiting, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of flour together. Add 1 cup of light cream until thickened. Add 1/4 teaspoon of celery salt, 2 cups of cut up cooked chicken, and 1 tablespoon of grated onion. Pour out the lime juice and garlic clove and fill the avocados with your chicken mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese and place in a baking dish. Pour about 1/2 cup of water around the avocados. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
These can also be boiled, stewed, grilled or roasted with other vegetables to make a stew. Avocados placed around meat such as fish or chicken also add a nice color and flavor to your dish. Roasted or grilled avocado is very common in international recipes.