The lady in front of me in the checkout line at the grocery store almost forgot her avocado. It had slipped down the side of the cart and she didn’t see it when she put her items on the belt. After I pointed it out to her she told me all about her favorite avocado recipe. We bonded for a minute through our mutual love of the “alligator pear”. I have never called an avocado that. I found some fun facts about the avocado on WebMD, including this:

The avocado is also known as an alligator pear, because of its shape, green skin, and rough texture of the Haas variety.

Does anyone actually call it that?

Anyway, I happened to have an avocado in the fridge and it would be perfect to go with the chili from Sunday. Here’s my favorite avocado recipe: simple, easy guacamole.
Scoop out one avocado into a small bowl.
Add salt, pepper, chili powder, and lemon juice. I never measure because it really depends on the ripeness of the avocado. If it’s really ripe, you won’t need much lemon juice. If it’s not as ripe as it should be, a little more lemon juice will help to soften it up. Start with just a little bit of each ingredient, mash it up, and taste. Add a little more, if needed.
Delicious! And nutritious (according to WebMD)!

Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.

What’s your favorite avocado recipe?