Friday, September 21, 2012
The First Avocado
Well I finally picked that first avocado. Actually I had to enlist Monkey Man to do the picking 'cos I was too short. He picked two and I popped them in a paper bag with a brown banana to go ahead and ripen. I was rather impatient with the ripening and gave them both a bit of a squeeze every day which I'm surprised didn't result in big bruises. After what seemed an age but was actually about 10 days, one of them was ready. And it was delicious. As delicious as the first avocado ever grown on an avocado tree is sure to taste.
But I'll let you in on a little secret. I am the only person in my family who likes avocados. Every other monkey calls avocado "green slime" and refuses to eat it. I know. Weird. Both the little Monkeys will go out of their way to make a big mess and poke out the avocado inside a nori roll. The only way they will eat it is as a guacamole dip and only then if it is part of a selection of toppings to go inside tacos. Which makes no sense to me - what's the difference between guacamole on bread or a biscuit compared to in a taco? Anyway, I would happily eat an entire avocado with a spoon straight from the skin in one sitting. Actually I would probably eat all three in one sitting. When I was a teenager I remember chopping them in half, taking out the stone and topping each half with grated cheese. Then I'd pop them under the grill 'til the cheese went brown and bubbly. Which sounds a bit horrid to me now. Too rich. And warm avocado yuck.
Anyway, problem is, avocados although healthy, are rather fattening. And I have gained a few too many kilos this year. Which I am gradually successfully shedding but only by carefully watching everything I put in my mouth. So I was very restrained with my avocado consumption. I sliced half of it up and popped it on some dry biscuits. And I ate them slowly, savouring every mouthful.Yum.
Now as you may remember, this avocado tree is over 20 years old and has never ever produced a fruit until now. And even though there was only the miniscule crop of three avocados, I am massively excited. But a little anxious too. Look at the tree at the moment.
So what do you think? Should I interfere or cross my fingers hope for the best?