What Does An Avocado Taste Like?

In this guide, we're going to cover avocado taste, texture and a few extra tips for eating and enjoying this famous fruit...

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What Does an Avocado Taste Like?

Many people think that avocados taste like coconut, but the overwhelming consensus is that the light and creamy flavor is delicious. Some of the words commonly used to describe the flavor of avocado are:

  • Nutty
  • Earthy
  • Slightly sweet
  • Like uncooked vegetables
  • Woody

Most of the cultivars that you can easily buy in stores today aren’t going to be woody or have an acrid or bitter taste, but there are some that do. This slightly bitter taste is akin to copper and can actually be very delicious when used in the right dish.

Avocado Texture

The texture of a fresh avocado is very creamy and soft. They are said to have a “buttery” mouthfeel, which makes them a wonderful ingredient to work with when you want a creamy finish to your meal.

Harder avocados, or ones that are not as ripe, are going to have a firmer flesh that will be easier to cut and to cube for salads and other recipes.

It’s important, when waiting for an avocado to ripen, that you do not wait too long, as they can easily overripen and become mushy and slippery instead of pleasantly creamy and soft. It’s obvious when this has occurred, as the flesh of the avocado will not hold its shape when you scoop it out and may have a gray appearance.

Is it Okay to Cook an Avocado?

Most recipes that you will find for an avocado will use the ingredient raw, as this allows it to be cool, creamy, and add a richness and fullness to a dish that can be difficult to replicate with vegan cooking.

However, there is nothing wrong with cooking avocados, and the flesh of this food can easily be cooked without problems.

One of the most common ways that avocado is cooked is when it is blended into a pasta sauce that is then heated. The avocado won’t break the way that coconut milk or coconut butter can tend to do at higher temperatures.

Other people enjoy baking avocados and topping them with seasoning as a side to their breakfast. This intensifies the creaminess and the flavor of the avocado, although some people think that it makes them feel a little slimy.

Ways to Use an Avocado

As versatile as avocado is, it’s easy to find incredible vegan recipes that you can enjoy with this great ingredient...

Here you can see how amazing avocado is when used to make a pasta sauce, especially when combined with fresh lime and spinach.

Avocado can also be in baked goods, where not only will the avocado be hidden, making them ideal for picky eaters, but they will also add a creamy and rich taste to the final product.

Wrap up

While you have to wait for avocados to ripen perfectly, if you really want to enjoy this delicious food, they are a staple in many kitchens for a reason. Go beyond the guacamole and try avocado pudding, hummus, or even delicious oven baked avocado fries.

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