As part of my 52 Things in 52 Weeks challenge, I have resolved to broaden my palette by trying a food I’ve never tried before each month. I thought I’d start early, so yesterday I had my first ever taste of avocado.
I know, I’m 36 years old, so it seems impossible that I could have completely ignored avocado for my entire life, but I’ve never even tasted guacamole (it just never appealed to me at all) or anything other dish that includes this fruit.
I fancied a light lunch, so I whipped up a salad and decided to cube half my avocado as part of it. I’m afraid I put it off till last because I was a little worried (which is strange, because I’m usually pretty good at trying new foods when they are presented to me – the inclusion in the challenge is more for me to purposely go out of my way to find new things to taste). Visions of cheesy 70s parties came to mind (not that I went to any parties in the 70s – I was too young!), and despite the colour being a very pleasant, soft green, it just looked plain old unappetizing.
So, I’d finished the carrot, apple and raisin salad, the beetroot, the cheese and the tuna – there was only the avocado left. It was time to bite the bullet.
I speared a cube on my fork, popped it in my mouth, and started to chew.
One word immediately sprang to mind – BLAND.
Avocado is, in my opinion, bland in a mildly unpleasant way. It doesn’t have much flavour at all, but what flavour it has isn’t particularly pleasing. I don’t think I’ll be eating the other half avocado that’s in the fridge after all. Not unless someone can very quickly recommend a tasty recipe that calls for half an avocado.
If you know of such a recipe, please let me know in the comments below. If I have no recipes within a few days, the rest of the avocado gets binned!
Still, one down, eleven to go!
I decided to mash up the remaining half of the avocado with a little cheese spread and some black pepper, which has rendered it a little more palatable, but I still don’t see avocado becoming a favourite of mine any time soon!