Food For Thought: Avocados
From Avo-Lattes to Avo-Galatos, the Avocado sure has had an interesting two years. So what started this phenomenon? I’ll have you know that Avocados were first brought to Australia in 1840, and their birthplace was in Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens. Unlike nowadays, where the gross value of the Australian Avocado industry is about $450 million, nobody really cared.
For years in Australia, regardless of the recognized health benefits, Avocados struggled to become a staple in Western society diets. Lucky for Antony Allen, who is currently the president of the International Avocado Society, Avocados have become one of the biggest food trends of the 21 century. In the age of social media and food bloggers, along with the importance of gut health and the advocacy accelerated by millennials for cruelty-free and veganism diets, the avocado received an unforeseen boost.
As the origin of the first ever *smashed Avo on toast* will never truly be known, we do know that the first ever sighting on a restaurant menu was in the birthplace of the first ever Avocado in Australia, Sydney. Bill Granger of ‘Café Bills’ in 1999 decided to serve it on his menu after seeing celebrity chef Nigel Slater suggest it in his column for The Guardian. However you don’t have to be a celebrity chef to make a smashed Avocado on toast. It’s simply 2 ingredients. However, we at Jimmy’s have created a basic but delicious twist on a fairly simple dish. Check it out on our breakfast menu here!
Rest assured, the health benefits are all true! In a recent study by the USDA National Nutrient Database, one-fifth of an avocado (40 grams) contains 64 calories, almost 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of sugar and almost 3 grams of fiber. 64 calories does seem like a hefty amount of fat, however avocados contain the beneficial fats that helps signal your brain to breakdown carbohydrates, which keep sugar levels in the blood stable.
Will Avocados stand the test of time? Will it become more of a staple than a trend in years to come? Or will it burn out like the Kale Salad did in 2012? *R.I.P*
Overall, we think that Avocado is pretty neat. It’s trendy, healthy and even has a hashtag.