Learning to Like Avocado


Think like a blogger prompt - Write about something you ate

Now this is a weird one, so bare with me. But I was thinking what I could do a post about today and thought I'd do one about a tweet I did at the weekend about my dislike for Avocados. It got a pretty decent response so I thought it would make a good post.

 I’ve never got the hype of the odd looking fatty green things but avocado is a food that you cant avoid at the moment. Smashed (why not mashed, why always smashed?) Avocado is a brunch staple these days and generally the only vegan option on most breakfast menus. They boast a variety of health benefits like being full of antioxidants, a source of healthy fats,  cholesterol reducing and full on mono-unsaturated fats which are good for the brain. Basically they are really good for you and we should all probably have some in our diet.

I used to hate avocado. It was up there with one of those foods that I couldn't stand the sight of. However recently learned to like and eat avocado. I say like with very little enthusiasm as Im actually pretty indifferent to it after all but I do eat it more regularly than I used to.The main thing that put me off is the way it felt in my mouth - slimy and mushy all plus the weird bland, slightly off-ish flavour made me gag. I voluntarily made myself some avocado on toast for myself this weekend - much to my own surprise so maybe I do actually like the stuff. I thought I’d share some of the ways I learnt to like avocado and maybe it'll help some of your haters out there learn to enjoy it more!

How did I learn to like Avocado?
  • Learn how to spot a ripe one. Pop avocado in the palm of your hand. Squeeze it lightly, if it yield to firm gentle pressure then you know it's ripe and ready-to-eat. Another little trick for testing ripeness is to flick off the stem on top of the avocado and its green underneath it should be ripe! Be careful buying them as unripe ones are just going to put you off more!
  • Try it as Guacamole. Add tomato, onions and coriander and mash it all up served with some tortilla chips. This was my first foray into Avo and I was still really unsure about the texture. However with the other ingredients it masked some of the slimy mush feeling and gave it some flavour!
  • Mash some up and put it on toast with a little bit of salt, pepper and some lemon juice. If you’re feeling Squeamish them only use a light spread and build it up as you slowly learn to enjoy eating it. I now like it quite thick but only with lots of salt and lemon and even some chilli or garlic powder.
  • Avocado Sushi. I went through a phase of only eating veggie sushi (I did eventually like fish sushi, then went Vegan!) so I’d always have a few pieces of avocado maki to get myself use to the taste as a chunk. Dipped in soy wrapped in some rice is lost a bit of it's texture all the whole getting me used to the taste. 

While I still haven’t got to the stage I could eat a whole one chopped up in a salad or something I am learning to like something I really used to hate with a passion. While I still don’t quite get why people rave and rave about the stuff I am slowly but surely learning to enjoy it and add it more to my diet as a healthy fat. 

Let me know what you think about Avocado!


61 comments

  1. Avocado is one of my favourite foods, but can understand what you mean about the texture of it putting you off.
    I love chopping it up with figs in salad, or using as a bowl for prawn cocktail (bit 80's dinner party but oh well!) On toast with balsamic vinegar is LUSH!
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  2. I actually didn't like avocado until last week. The first time I tried it, it was in a mixed salad and it was a big no, for me. Because, as you said, it's quite slimy and mushy and, to me, it tasted like soap!
    The other week, I decided to give it a try (again). I cut it in half, scrape out the inside pulp and mashed it. Then I added some olive oil, salt, pepper and put everything on a toast. As a finishing touch, I sprinkled some feta cheese on top. And, surprise, I did actually like it!

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  3. I've definitley learned to like avocado recently. I started off by having the Pret avocado salad and slowly I have grown to like it. I will probably try different recipes soon and incorporate more avocado into my food as it has alot of health benefits :)

    Great post, Have a nice day ♥

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  4. I'm with you on this! I'm not a HUGE avocado fan at all. But in my flat all of the girls are obsessed with the green, podgy things. So i'm learning to love it too. Avo on toast with salt and pepper is pretty good. But only one slice! I can't handle two yet xx

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  5. You know I was actually only thinking just the other day that I want to eat avocado but like you I'm unsure of the texture. I think I will buy some this weekend! x

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  6. It definitely took some time for me to actually like avocado, but now I just really like guacamole (my all time favourite haha) and avocado + scrambled egg on toast with a little sea salt on top! It's soooo delicious :)

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  7. I love the taste but hate the texture so I can only ever eat it in sushi or in guacamole! I can't stand it on toast either I always find that it makes it soggy :(

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  8. Avocado is one of my favorite foods! I need to find a recipes because i only eat it one way!

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  9. I love avocados, especially once you know how to find a ripe avocado.

    Alisha xx
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  10. avocado is something that takes time to love I think love the photo

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  11. Avocado is one of my favs!

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  12. I've been peskatarian now for a few years and avocado is a food I just love! With scrambled eggs, in salads, smoothies, and on veggie burgers! Yum. I first had these at BBQ with a little salt, and I just fell in love.

    Meg ♡
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  13. I've love avocado, I could eat it everyday!


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  14. I love avacado but it does take a while to get used to!

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  15. I just don't get the hype about avocado but it really is just everywhere! I'm not even sure about guacamole, but I think it's going to be something I've got try even if only so I can cook things for my veggie friends!

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  16. it took me a while to like avocados but felt i had to for the health hype!

    Rachel // Style Soup

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  17. avocado is like one of my favourite foods ever but i get it why some people don't like it! x

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  18. Avocado is definitely one of my favourite foods, but I can see why you wouldn't like it to start off with.

    - Elodie x
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  19. I am very texture oriented when I eat too, so I totally get this! I definitely need to try to love it as well, thank you for the tips. x

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  20. I'm addicted. Can't go without it! I put it on top of pizza as well. Just love it!


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  21. I absolutely love it, especially with some salt and pepper! :)

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  22. I tried avacado not too long ago on toast for the first time as I was intrigued to see what all the fuss was about and was so disappointed as I hated it! I could go for the tip on just having a slight spread and building it up as to be honest we used a lot and eurgh! we even used chilli with it and still didn't like it, but when my boyfriend's dad made a guacamole with it I couldn't get enough so maybe I'll just enjoy it if it has lots added to it!
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  23. I just absolutely love avocado and try to stuff it with basically everything, haha!

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  24. I used to not like avocado at all too, for the same reason as you: the slimy texture! I then tried it again later on a salmon wrap and I did my best to not taste it, though I thought it wasn't so bad after all. Now it's a frequent on my menu, mostly in a salad. I like to cut them in half, pop out the stone and fill them up with something like surimi or eggs! xo Romy
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  25. I used to not like avocado too, but I love it on sushi as you mentioned, grilled (not smashed, just cut out on more or less thick slices, and then to the frying pan with a bit of oil. It's delicious!) and, my favorite ever, little avocado slices on nachos with spicy tomato nachos sauce and then, oven time! It tastes really nice, and its vegan!

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  26. This is such an unusual post for you, but I love it. I am not 100% keen on Avocado, but I never turn my nose up to it when it is served to me. Maybe I need to be more adventurous with it.

    Georgie
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  27. It took me awhile to enjoy avocado too. I like it best on toast as shown in the photo -- with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

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  28. They are disgusting, I agree! BUT I'm getting mine in by making up an avocado salad dressing in a jar - taste it on it's own and it's foul but somehow mixed up in salad it's amazing and I end up going back to the fridge to put more on! Here's the recipe if you want to try it:

    1 avocado
    1 can coconut milk
    1 clove of garlic
    1/2 of a smallish onion
    3 tablespoons of lemon juice
    1 tablespoon of mixed herbs
    1 teaspoon of salt

    Just chuck it all in the blender! I have mine over a roast chicken and apple leafy salad with some grated carrot and a bit of spring onion chopped up. Highly reccommend :)

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  29. Thanks for your tips. I don't love avocado either, maybe these will help! X
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  30. I feel the same way about them. Sometimes I'm a fan and the other times I want to run away from it. These sound like great tips though.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  31. It has some serious health benefits and that's probably one of the reasons why I like to eat it!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

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  32. Great tips! :) I'm trying to get into avocado more

    Georgia x | GeorgiaNicolaou Blog

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  33. I never used to like avocado but I recently tried it again and loved it! I like the unique taste to it!

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  34. I love avocado and I think I eat one almost every day in some form. They are so tasty.

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  35. I love Avocado so much! Nothing's better than Nachos and homemade Guacamole. x
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  36. I used to hate it but now i'm crazy about it !

    Sara,
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  37. Now I can not accept avocado, but I think I'll adapt to it.
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  38. I looove avocado! I mostly eat it cut into slices on sandwiches and salads, but guac is good too. I actually never tried it until my college years.

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  39. Love avocado on toast or on biscuits with tomatoes and lots of seasonings! I think the main reason people tend to hate avocado is not finding the ripe ones, un-ripe and they just taste bloody awful!

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  40. I used to turn my nose up at Avocados too but now I can get enough! x

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  41. I used to dislike avocados too but now I can eat 1-2 a day! I love it mashed on rye bread with houmous, spinach and tomatoes (chilli sauce too, brilliant) and in salads for that bit of texture - great in a smoothie too :)

    Lauren x
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  42. Thank you for this post literally! Such a coincidence I was just thinking how much hate avocado and want to like it haha! But I deffo might try it on toast! And oh my a homemade guacamole sounds fab! Tehe!

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  43. Oh god, I love avocado but they're too expensive for me to justify eating ALL the time. Although I used to hate olives and now I love the things. Think after a while you just learn to like things (don't think I'll ever like celery though which is a shame because of the whole negative calorie thing haha!)
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  44. Finally, someone else who doesn't like avocados!! I found a recipe yesterday for avocado mousse. It's a must try! Absolutely divine and something I'll keep making just so I get the avocado goodness in me! :)

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  45. Avocado is my favorite food ever!! :)


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  46. One of my friends would eat them just like apples! I don't particularly like avocado, either. I'll have to try it on toast like you suggested, perhaps that would help me enjoy it better!

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  47. I found avacado a weird one at first, too! I didn't get the hype at all!

    Now I find it I LOVE it best of all with a heavy squeeze of lime juice, and some really finely chopped chilli with some white ground pepper. It really adds a good kick and flavour to something which is otherwise flavourless-mush in my opinion...amazing in chicken fajitas!

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