Avocados are so versatile. It can be a healthy spread for your morning toast and a key ingredient in the classic Mexican dip known as guacamole. Whether it's a favorite food already or you're new to it, guacamole is on the menu at Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina. Learn more about this delicious fruit and how it's turned into yummy guac.
What is an Avocado?
An avocado is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and beneficial monounsaturated fats. It's a fruit with a pit, and in fact, its botanical classification puts it as being a berry. It grows on a tree that can produce over 100 avocados each year (Holy guacamole).
One serving of avocado, about one-third of a ripe avocado, contains:
- 3 grams of dietary fiber
- 250 mg of potassium
- 10 mg calcium
- 3 mg of iron
A serving of avocado also includes vitamins B6, C, E and K. It also contains copper, folate, magnesium, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamin and zinc.
Avocado's Essential Role in Guacamole
Journals of Martin Fernandez de Enciso put the avocado in Europe as early as 1519 and ended up reaching the U.S. in the 1800s when it became a popular crop in California. It's believed that guacamole was the creation of the Aztecs, who created ahuaca-mulli or “avocado sauce.” No matter what the actual history of the avocado and guacamole are, it's a delicious dip that's stood the test of time.
What Goes Into Making Guacamole?
A traditional guacamole recipe contains little more than the avocado, minced garlic, lime juice and salt. At Papa Lopez, we also offer a house special "Top Shelf" guacamole that includes tantalizing ingredients like our pico de gallo and sour cream.
The best guacamole uses ripe avocado. You cannot judge an avocado's ripeness simply by squeezing it to see if it's flesh is soft. You might get it home and find it's brown inside. The best way to check an avocado's ripeness is by removing the stem. If the stem is hard to remove, the avocado isn't yet ripe, so choose a different one.
If it comes off easily, you need to check the color of the skin below the stem. Is it green? If the answer is yes, the avocado is ripe. If it's brown, the avocado is past its prime and will have brown spots hiding within.
Stop in and try Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina's guacamole today. Need more reasons to come by? How about the fact that kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday? Papa Lopez also offers specials each Wednesday. Have a margarita and some guacamole to start and enjoy some tacos or enchiladas for dinner. Call 214-383-2150 today to make reservations.