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Learn how to prepare avocado for baby in 4 delicious and easy ways! As yummy superfoods, avocados are ideal as the first food for babies – 6 months and up. Serve them as a baby food puree, mashed, or as finger food for baby-led weaning.
Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).
Avocado Baby Food
Avocados 🥑 are one of my all-time favorite foods for babies!
Whether you are making all of your baby food or have tapped out in life and only want to make one homemade recipe for your baby, avocados would be my first and only recommendation.
Besides being affordable and easy to find, avocados are among the top healthiest foods for babies, if not the number one. You can easily have them blended into a smooth puree, smashed into a chunky puree, sliced into finger food, and cut into pieces with an easy-to-grip handle for baby-led weaning.
So, no matter what style of feeding you are doing with your little one, avocados have got you covered. 👍
Plus, after you are done making your baby an easy avocado meal, you can also slice some for your own snack! And in my opinion, every time avocado is involved in a meal; the day just gets better.
First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food – which goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! If you are doing Baby-Led Weaning, then be sure to check out my Complete Guide to Baby-Led Weaning – which covers what exactly is baby-led weaning, to every parent’s concern of baby-led weaning and choking, this guide goes over it all. I will also share how to know when baby is ready for BLW, the top 10 best first foods, a helpful sample blw feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and much much more!
Want more information? Then make sure to check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!
Avocado for Baby Video
Watch this video to see how easy it is to serve avocado to your baby!Top Reasons to Serve Avocado to Baby
- Avocados are beyond healthy for babies – they contain healthy fats that help your baby’s brain grow!
- They are fast – you can make and serve avocado to your baby in 30 seconds flat!
- They work for all feeding styles — puree, chunky puree, finger food, or baby-led weaning. How versatile!
Avocados are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and I’m not exaggerating!
- Super Nutritious – Avocados are full of 20 different vitamins and minerals, most notably vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E, magnesium, and vitamins B-5 and B-6, along with a good amount of fiber and heart-healthy fats.
- Health Benefits – They improve heart health, support eye, skin, and hair health, fight cancer cell growth, enhance digestive health, boost one’s mood, keep the nervous system healthy, provide healthy fats for brain growth, and are good for gross motor skills.
- Boosts Immunity – Avocados are loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammation, and antimicrobial properties, which help prevent your baby from getting sick.
- Avocado: you will need half of ripe avocado for these recipes. Because avocados don’t keep well, I recommend making these recipes on-demand so the puree or solid food is fresh and free of any browning.
- Spices or Herbs: you can certainly add in a pinch of spice or herbs to your avocado puree. A pinch of freshly chopped cilantro, chives, parlsey, or mint would be tasty or you could add in a pinch of garlic powder, cumin, paprika, mild chili powder or a squeeze of lemor or lime juice.
Avocado Picking Tip: when shopping for an avocado, you want one that is darker in color and yields to firm gentle pressure. A ripe avocado will feel soft to the touch but not “mushy” when you press on it. You can store unripened avocados in the fridge until you are ready for them. You will want to take them out of the fridge and place them on the counter 1-2 days before you need them.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When can you introduce avocados to baby?
Whether you’re starting your baby on purees or are doing baby-led weaning, avocados are a wholesome and enjoyable first food for your baby! When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age for purees and or after 6 months for baby-led weaning. Some of the developmental milestones your baby needs to reach in order to start on solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.
Are avocados a choking hazard for babies?
Avocados are usually soft and easy for babies to chew. However, if an avocado is not ripe and ready to eat, the flesh will be harder and more of a risk to your baby. That said, it is best to serve mashed or small strips of avocado. When selecting an avocado for your baby, look for one that is ripe, soft (but not mushy), and has skin that’s easy to press your finger into. A ripe avocado will typically be darker green in color and have bumpy skin.
Is avocado a common allergen for baby?
No, avocado is not a common allergen, however, as with any food, start with a small portion and be aware of any signs that might be an allergic reaction after introducing it.
Does avocado cause constipation for babies?
No, avocado is not known to cause constipation in babies, and it can actually help relieve constipation in babies due to the high fiber content that makes it easier on your baby to pass stools.
- Follow your baby’s lead – when feeding purees from a spoon, sometimes there’s a tendency to keep offering bites past the point of your baby being full. Always follow baby’s cues for when they are done eating. Turning away from the spoon, closing her mouth, or pushing food away are all signs that baby is finished with the meal.
- Try adding a little seasoning or spice to purees – babies like flavor! Or consider changing the temperature of purees from time to time, to slightly warmed or slightly chilled. Varying these aspects adds to the sensory experience!
- Place a small amount of puree on the tray during spoon feeding – so that your baby can dip their fingers or hands in the puree. Allowing baby to explore foods in this way helps them learn to self-feed and can help them be more willing to try new textures and foods in the future.
There are a variety of ways to prepare avocados for your baby. Here are 4 of my favorite ways:
- Mashed – This is a quick and easy way to make a chunky or smooth puree, ideal for babies 4-6+ months old.
- Sliced with Some Peel Left – When you leave the peel on half of a slice of avocado, you are making a little easy-to-hold handle for your baby. They can hold (or palmar grasp) the peel and then eat the peeled portion. It’s perfect for baby-led weaning (6+ months) or finger foods (9+ months).
- Smooth Puree – When blended with half of a banana, avocado becomes mouthwateringly smooth. This is great for babies 4-6+ months old who love smooth and creamy purees. Plus, it only takes 40 seconds to make.
- Slices Rolled in a Coating – This is another excellent alternative for babies who want to eat with their fingers but need a little help getting a good grip on the avocado slices since avocados can be a little slippery. You can do this option with slices or diced avocados. They’re also ideal for baby-led weaning (6+ months) or finger foods (9+ months).
Looking for more easy baby-led weaning and puree recipes? Then check out my favorite ways to serve apples and bananas to babies!Mashed Avocado – Smooth or Chunky
Smashed avocado is a hassle-free yet superb way to make a quick chunky or smooth puree. You can serve this to babies 4-6 months and up!
For baby-led weaning, I love to add this rich and thick puree to a slice of toast, pancake, or waffle for babies to self-feed. You can also serve it to them on a self-feeding spoon.
Instructions: Simply peel a quarter or half of a ripe avocado, place it on a cutting board, and mash it with the back of a fork. Mash until just chunky or until smooth. I have found that adding a small teaspoon of breast milk or formula helps make it incredibly creamy.Avocado for Baby-Led Weaning
There are several ways you can serve avocado to your baby if you are doing baby-led weaning depending on your baby’s age.
6-8 months: cut avocado into thick slices and leave half of the peel on (see photo above) so your baby has an easy-to-grip handle.
8-10 months: slice the avocado into thin slices without the peel.
10-12 months: cut the avocado into small chunks so your baby can practice their pincer grasp.Avocado Puree with Banana
When you blend avocado and half of a banana, it becomes super-duper smooth. This is ideal for babies who love a rich, smooth, and creamy puree. Plus, it only takes 40 seconds to make!
Instructions: Place half an avocado and half a banana into a small blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding a tablespoon of breast milk, formula, or water if needed.Coated Avocado Slices
These coated avocado slices are another healthy option for babies that want to eat with their fingers but need a little help getting a good grip on the avocado slices since avocados can be a little slippery. You can opt for slices or diced avocados as well once your baby has developed their pincer grasp.
Instructions: Slice and peel avocado and roll in hemp seeds, whole wheat bread crumbs or crushed baby puffs.
Or watch a shortened version of this video here.MASHED AVOCADO – SMOOTH OR CHUNKY
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 tsp breast milk, formula or water (optional)
- 1/4 avocado
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 avocado, sliced and peeled
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds, breadcrumbs or crushed baby puffs
Place the avocado on a cutting board, and taking the back of a fork, smash until you get your desired consistency. For a smooth puree, add in the liquid and smash until smooth.
Cut a slice of avocado with the peel on. Using a sharp knife, cut the peel 1/3-1/2 the way up the side of the avocado until you get to the flesh. Do not cut all the way through the avocado slice. Take the peel off and serve the avocado slice to baby with them holding the peel that is still on the avocado.
Place the avocado and banana in a small blender or food processor. Puree for 1 minute or until smooth, adding in liquid if needed.
Take the sliced and peeled avocado and roll in the hemp seeds, breadcrumbs or crushed baby puffs.
Age: 4-6 months for purees, 6+ months for baby-led weaning
Yield: 1 serving
Storage: If saving any leftover avocado or avocado puree, since it’s likely baby will not eat the entire avocado, squeeze a few drops of lemon or lime juice on the avocado to prevent it from turning brown. Avocado puree or strips will last 1-2 days in the fridge. Avocado puree can be frozen with a little lemon or lime juice mixed in for up to 2 months.
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Avocados for Babies - How to Introduce Avocado to Babies
When can babies eat avocado?
Avocado can be introduced as soon as baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months of age. Ripe avocados are soft and loaded with nutrients, making them a wonderful first food.
Baby just starting solids? Our guides have got you covered, from introducing allergens to breakfast ideas.
Background and origins of avocado
Avocado originates in Mesoamerica, where it was prepared and eaten by the Aztecs in a variety of forms, including the now-world-famous guacamole (originally called ahuaca-mulli). Colonizers brought the crop back to Europe with them, and it has since spread across the globe. While the avocado is most often thought of in relation to savory Mexican and other Central American dishes, other cultures have adapted the strange-looking fruit to different uses. These include the Indonesian drink called jus alpukat, a cold blend of avocado and coffee, and a simple dessert that marries avocado, ice, and condensed milk (or milk and sugar) found throughout Asia, from the Philippines to Vietnam.
★Tip: That beautiful bright green avocado flesh is notorious for turning brown after being exposed to the air. While not harmful, you can prevent this by adding something acidic (such as lime or lemon juice) or by wrapping the avocado in a plastic film.
Is avocado healthy for babies?
Yes. Avocado is a popular first food for babies, and it’s easy to understand why. The fruit is easy to prepare and rich in fiber and the healthy fats that babies need to support digestion and brain development.1 Avocados are also a rich source of growth-supportive B-vitamins like folate and B6, and contain vitamin E as well as zinc to fuel immune health. The healthy fats in avocado also make it a good oil option, though occasional use may be preferred because it tends to be expensive.
When shopping for avocados, you may notice large, smooth-skinned varieties along with the smaller, rough-skinned Hass avocados. Avocados share a similar nutrient profile, though the larger, green-skinned varieties contain slightly less fat and are therefore sometimes marketed as “lite” avocados.2 Regardless of variety, select avocados that don’t have any bruising and feel slightly soft when gently squeezed.
★Tip: Avocados start to ripen once they’re picked from their tree. If you need a rock-hard avocado to ripen quickly, place it in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana, which will release ethylene gas that speeds up the ripening process. Conversely, if you have an avocado that is already ripe that you need to keep for a little longer, popping it in the refrigerator will slow the ripening process.
Is avocado a common choking hazard for babies?
No. When ripe, avocados are not a common choking hazard, though in theory an individual can choke on any food. As always, make sure you create a safe eating environment and stay within an arm’s reach of baby during meals.
For more information on choking, visit our sections on gagging and choking and familiarize yourself with the list of common choking hazards.
Is avocado a common allergen?
No. Allergies to avocado are rare but have been reported.3 Avocado allergy is more likely to occur in individuals who are already allergic to banana, chestnut, or kiwi and those who are allergic to latex or certain pollens may be allergic to avocado or experience Oral Allergy Syndrome (also known as pollen-food allergy).4 5 Oral Allergy Syndrome typically results in short-lived itching or burning in the mouth and is unlikely to result in a dangerous reaction. Avocado is a possible trigger for food protein-induced enterocolitis, also known as FPIES. There is emerging evidence that the prevalence of avocado as a trigger for FPIES is higher than originally believed.6 FPIES is a delayed allergy to food protein which causes the sudden onset of repetitive vomiting and diarrhea to begin a few hours after ingestion.
As you would when introducing any new food, start by offering a small quantity for the first few servings. If there is no adverse reaction, gradually increase the quantity over future meals.
How do you prepare avocado for babies with baby-led weaning?
Every baby develops on their own timeline, and the suggestions on how to cut or prepare particular foods are generalizations for a broad audience. Your child is an individual and may have needs or considerations beyond generally accepted practices. In determining the recommendations for size and shape of foods, we use the best available scientific information regarding gross, fine, and oral motor development to minimize choking risk. The preparation suggestions we offer are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for child-specific, one-on-one advice from your pediatric medical or health professional or provider. It is impossible to fully eliminate all risk of a baby or child choking on any liquid, puree, or food. We advise you to follow all safety protocols we suggest to create a safe eating environment and to make educated choices for your child regarding their specific needs. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen here.
6 to 9 months old: For first-time eaters, you can offer large halves of avocado, large, thick spears of ripe avocado or mash the flesh and serve on a pre-loaded spoon. If the avocado spears are shooting out of baby’s hands because they’re slippery, roll the pieces in a nutritious food that adds grip: hemp seeds, shredded coconut, or even finely ground nuts that you have already introduced (nuts are a common food allergen). See our guacamole recipe!
9 to 12 months old: At this age, the pincer grasp (where the thumb and pointer finger meet) is developing, enabling baby to pick up smaller pieces of food. As such, this is a great time to move down in size to small, bite-size pieces of avocado. If it is a struggle to pick up small pieces of food, it’s absolutely fine to continue to offer large spears of avocado or to continue with mashed avocado.
12 to 24 months old: At this age, toddlers are likely mastering the use of utensils. Serving half of an avocado in its skin and calling it an “avocado boat” can be a fun twist, though you can absolutely continue with small pieces of diced avocado or large spears as well. Anything goes!Peeled avocado spearPieces of avocado rolled in hemp seed
Know what the best and worst foods are for babies starting solids with our First Foods Essentials intro kit.
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Age: 6 months+
- 1 medium avocado
- 1 tablespoon (8 g) extra-virgin olive oil
- Juice of ½ lime (about 1 tablespoon / 15 g)
- In a large bowl, use a fork to mash the avocado until smooth.
- Stir in olive oil and lime juice and stir to combine.
- Serve: Scoop the guacamole into a bowl and let the child self-feed by scooping with their hands. If you’d like to work on utensils, pass a pre-loaded spoon to the child in the air for them to grab from you.
To Store: Press plastic wrap tight over the top of the guacamole so that there is no air between the guacamole and the plastic wrap. Guacamole will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.
How often should you offer solids? See our sample feeding schedules for babies of every age.
Avocados are a great healthy fat with a pretty neutral flavor, making them quite versatile. They pair especially well with grilled or roasted chicken, pork, and tropical fruits like mango or pineapple.
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Avocado: is it possible for children to eat it - the expert answered
Avocado is a healthy and tasty product that everyone can and should eat, unless, of course, there is an allergy. The fruit goes well with fish, vegetables, salt, pepper, bread, and is also an ideal ingredient for healthy smoothies and desserts.
The founder of the largest Ukrainian-language group on Facebook about complementary foods, baby food expert Viktoriya Stelmakh, exclusively for FoodOboz, told whether children can eat avocados.
Can avocados be given to children under 6 months of age?
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"Avocado is a great choice for a baby's first solid food. It's actually a great choice for anyone, but especially for babies. Avocado can be offered as soon as the baby is ready for solid foods - complementary foods, 6 months . Therefore, there is no reason why you cannot give your child an avocado," Victoria said.
The expert noted that avocados are indeed one of the best foods you can offer your baby from the very beginning of weaning!
"Ripe avocados are soft and nutritious, making them an excellent first food. For example, in the US, avocados are the TOP 1 food to start with. Most pediatricians around the world rank them #1 on their list. 10 Best Fruits for Babies because avocado nutrition is good for baby development,” the expert explained.
How to cook avocados for children?
"The avocado is a popular first food not only in the US for babies, but all over the world, and it's easy to see why. The fruit is easy to prepare rich in fiber and healthy fats that babies need to support digestion and brain development, zinc to support immune health. The healthy fats in avocados also make them a good option for making butter, which appropriately has a high smoke point - better for frying. Contrary to what you may have heard, they do not contain a lot of protein, however, they are a rich source of poly- and monounsaturated fats, "said Victoria.
"Infants and young children require more fat, not only do they contribute to the normal development of the brain and nervous system, they also help their body absorb important vitamins such as A, D, E and K. This is one of the reasons why avocados are included in conditional list 10 foods for low weight babies recommended by many nutritionists and pediatricians If your child's pediatrician has ruled out medical causes of slow weight gain, such as heart or digestive problems, consider feeding babies high-calorie whole foods after 6 months. , which can promote healthy weight gain," Victoria explained.
The expert added that avocados are also included in the list of auxiliary products for children's constipation.
"That's because it's a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can help relieve constipation. In addition, a 2019 study found that replacing carbohydrates with fat and fiber from avocados increased satiety. Another study found that children who regularly ate avocados were 9% less likely to become overweight or obese over a period of 4 to 11 years compared to those who did not consume avocados regularly," the expert said.
Health benefits for baby (MUFA):
- Infants require more fat in their diet than adults.
"Actually, 50% of their energy supply should come from fat (as opposed to 30% for adults), avocados are high in fat compared to other foods, so are great for giving your child more bang for your buck," Victoria explained.
- avocados are high in oleic acid, a type of healthy fat from the group of monounsaturated fats (omega-9).
"It is also the main type of fat in breast milk. Oleic acid is important for the growth and development of the nervous system and brain. It is best known for its role in reducing the risk of heart disease and reducing inflammation in the body," the expert said.
- Avocado's fat content also helps your child absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and phytonutrients more efficiently.
- In addition to monounsaturated fats, avocados also contain some polyunsaturated fats (omega-6) and a few saturated fats.
"In general, this is a really nutritious food that should be included in your child's diet," summed up Victoria.
How to choose an avocado?
Avocado is not a canned baby food, so store fresh avocado is best.
Avocado is not on the list of dangerous foods for children with a high risk of choking .
When an avocado ripens, it has a very soft, creamy texture, although in theory a person can choke on any food - even water. All you need to do is make sure you create a safe eating environment, serve the product in a safe serving way, and stay within arm's reach of your child while eating.
How common is avocado allergy in children?
Avocado allergy is rare because avocado is not on the list of allergens and allergy to it is not common, it is more individual and cross-reactions. Avocado allergies are more common in people who are already allergic to bananas, chestnuts, or kiwis, and those who are allergic to latex or certain types of pollen may be allergic to avocados or suffer from oral allergy syndrome . Oral Allergy Syndrome usually results in a transient itching or burning sensation in the mouth and is unlikely to lead to a dangerous reaction,” the expert explained. You can simply cut an avocado in half, pull out the big ankle in the middle, and then scoop up the green avocado fruit with a spoon. A good avocado has the consistency of butter. If you have chosen mashed baby food, you can mash it with a fork, or use a blender. If your child is on self-feeding (BLV), then cut it into safe slices - slices, make notches on it. Or cut it with a curly knife so that it is convenient for the child to take it with the handles, "said Victoria.
Avocados are best given to children in small portions
"As with any new food for a child, start with a small amount for the first few servings. If there is no adverse reaction, gradually increase the amount at subsequent meals," the specialist explained.
Victoria added that the main changes occur in the nutrition of infants and toddlers during the first two years of life. Exposure to certain foods and nutrients in the first two years may affect their future health through metabolic programming or the development of specific tastes.
Infants and toddlers should be offered nutritionally and physico-chemically ideal complementary and transitional foods on a regular basis to ensure their optimal health and enhance their taste preferences and perceptions of nutrient-dense dietary options.
"The avocado is unique among complementary foods and baby food," the expert concluded.
at what age can it be given?
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- 1 What causes controversy in the scientific community
- 2 Avocados for the first complementary foods
- 3 How should an avocado look like?
- 4 How to choose a healthy avocado?
- 5 Storage conditions
- 6 Contraindications
- 7 Video: Feeding a baby from 4 months
The positive properties of avocados are in a large number of useful substances contained in it. This is a whole complex of vitamins and minerals. Useful for digestion is the fruit fiber of a ripe avocado grated into gruel. It should be noted that its calorie content is very high - 20Kk per 100 grams of product.
What causes controversy in the scientific communityAvocado is one of the healthiest foods
This fruit is often prescribed for adults to lower cholesterol. For a week of systematic intake, indicators in adults decrease by 30%. The crumbs cannot have such problems with cholesterol, as well as cataracts. In addition to preventing all age-related changes, avocados prevent the development of cancer cells.Nutritional value and chemical composition of avocado
For children, this fruit is useful because the microelements contained in it contribute to the development of physical and mental. Scientists argue about the age at which avocados can be given to children. And this is in America, where this fruit has long been an integral part of the diet.
For Russia, avocado is an exotic product, which once again speaks against it. It has always been believed that vegetables and fruits that grow in the region where a person lives bring the greatest benefit.
Given that the avocado is also a strong aphrodisiac, the need for its introduction into the children's diet remains questionable.
Avocado First Food
The delicate texture of the first fruit food is easier for the baby to digest than pureed vegetables and herbs. A more subtle unobtrusive taste also speaks in favor of fruit rather than vegetable complementary foods. But is it so important to give all the vitamins and minerals at once when you can please your child with a variety of flavors of fruits and vegetables that are less high in calories and do not contain "adult" vitamins. For example, "Omega-3" may be an extra addition to the mandatory vitamin "D" complex for babies.Despite the variety of avocado recipes for children, it is better to consult a doctor.
When introducing avocados into baby food, consult your doctor. Advice on the age at which to give avocados is mixed.It is better to introduce avocado after applesauce
Some scientists are of the opinion that this fruit should not be given to children under 1 year old. Others recommend it as the first complementary food. Here again, the exact age cannot be named, because the first complementary foods for breastfed children are recommended to be introduced no earlier than the baby is 6 months old.
The stomach of a bottle-fed baby is ready to accept tender fruit pulp from 3-4 months. As a rule, for 3-month-old children, applesauce becomes the first complementary food. Avocado has a delicate texture similar to an apple. Its taste is not bright, which can be a good addition to milk. But still, you can enter it a month after the first apple food and banana samples.
What should an avocado look like?
With the appearance of avocados, not everything is clear due to the large number of its varieties. On Russian shelves, you can most often find 4 varieties out of 400 - these are:Avocado varieties
- "Gwen" - the fruits of this variety are oblong and rather large. Their skin is deep green. The flesh is yellow-green. The closer to the bone, the more yellow.
- "Reed" also applies to large-fruited varieties. The shape of the fruit is round, the flesh is light yellow, covered with a thick pimply skin of dark green color.
- Sweetish pulp under a smooth green skin is hidden in large fruits of the Fuerte variety.
- The most common pear-shaped fruits of medium size are the fruits of the Zutano variety. The flesh of the fruit is often white, sometimes yellowish. The smooth skin is easy to peel off.
There are a lot of varieties, so it is difficult to distinguish which of the fruits is ripe and which is not by the appearance of the peel. The main thing is that the peel is green, not purple. For some varieties, the brown color of the fruit peel is acceptable.
How to choose a healthy avocado?"Maturity" avocado
When choosing an exotic fruit, you can trust your hands and ears. The first step is to touch the fruit: if it is too hard and when pressed with your fingers, its shape remains unchanged, it is not ripe. The soft fruit of the avocado belongs to the category of overripe. There is a high possibility that under a dense peel the process of decay or fermentation has already begun. It is necessary to choose the golden mean. An obligatory criterion when checking the fruit is the restoration of its original shape after pressing. There should be no dents on the peel.
It's even easier to tell when an avocado is ripe by ear. When shaking it, the stone should make a sound of hitting the shell. If this does not happen, the fruit is not ripe, the grain in the stone fits snugly.
When choosing between unripe and overripe avocados, it is better to give preference to the first. After a couple of days of lying, he will reach the required condition, like a pear.
Storage conditionsAvocados are best stored at room temperature
Store at room temperature. You can’t put it in a freezer or refrigerator - this fruit does not tolerate sub-zero temperatures, it deteriorates very quickly if stored improperly. Like all fruits, it must be eaten fresh, only then it will give the maximum benefit to the body and will not cause harm.
ContraindicationsPossible cross-reactions are detected in the diagnosis of allergies
The worst thing to give avocados to children suffering from latex allergies. At first glance, latex and fruit are unrelated. Upon a detailed study of the problem, it turned out that intolerance to bananas, apples, cherries, papaya, melons, tomatoes can subsequently affect cross-allergy. This will lead to severe forms of dermatitis on skin contact with latex products.
The threat of avocados is that latex proteins from the sap of euphorbia and mulberry trees are similar to those found in avocados. Latex products, which include nipples and pacifiers, with such a disease, will provoke the production of IgE. This type of immunoglobulin leads to the clinical manifestations of an allergic reaction.
In order not to condemn the child to suffering, it is necessary to consult a doctor before introducing exotic complementary foods.