Avocado

HOW DID THE AVOCADO BECOME POPULAR IN EUROPE?

Despite Europe being the first continent besides the Americas where the avocado was cultivated, it wasn’t until the 70s that the avocado that the French began to integrate it into their gastronomy. Ever since then, the importations of this fruit have been slowly but steadily growing year after year, thanks to the voluminous production in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Peru, the major producers of avocadoes in the world.

The following three reasons clearly explain this phenomenon:

  • The first is due to its unique properties and the great quantity of benefits of this fruit, like the large number of proteins and the high level of vegetable oils it contains.
  • Secondly, the easy transport and the great quality of the product contribute to the fact that you can consume this food practically directly after buying it, without having to let it ripen.
  • Finally, the popularization of the social networks has made its consummation popular since it is visually very aesthetic.

BUT… WHAT IS THE AVOCADO?

While it doesn’t need an introduction, it would certainly be interesting to learn more about this fruit.

The avocado is derived from a tree that grows in countries with a hot climate. Also called “palta” in some regions of South America, like Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Argentina, it has a shape like the pear. In fact, the Spanish first called it “the pear of the Indians”. Indeed, it has a pear-like shape, and its hard and dark skin houses the soft interior with a single large, round seed. The pulp is creamy, of a colour ranging from green to a clear yellow, and the taste reminds of that of a hazelnut.

Its origins are in Central America, specifically in the regions of Mexico, Guatemala, and the Antilles. The Aztecan civilization was the first to give this food a culinary use. In fact, the name of this fruit is derived from its Aztecan name “ahuacatl”, which means “testicle”, due to its form.

AND IT ARRIVED IN EUROPE…

The avocado arrived in Europe approximately around the 16th century when it was introduced to the Canary Islands and later to the Iberian Peninsula.

Today, the cultivation of avocadoes in Spain is concentrated mainly in the region of Andalusia, although it is also cultivated in minor quantities in other parts of the country.

…TO STAY

Besides being delicious, it’s the avocado’s properties that make it a unique food. Of all the calories it contains, the majority are healthy fats and fibres. As we will continue to learn, this fruit is full of benefits for our health.

The avocado is one of the most recommendable ingredients for our diet. For example, it contributes to regulate the level of bad cholesterol in the blood and to control the blood pressure. This way, it helps make our heart stronger and protects it to keep it healthy, as well as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. As it also contains many fibres, which help to regulate the sugar levels in the blood, thus controlling the risk of diabetes. Furthermore, it delivers other essential nutrients like potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and folic acid. You would be surprised to learn that it contains even more potassium than bananas.

Another of its benefits it has, due to its richness in acidic fats, magnesium, and vitamins of the group B, is that it regulates the nervous system. That is why it is specially recommended in situations of stress, both physically and mentally.

Finally, it is also good for the skin. The pulp can be used to make a mask preventing wrinkles, treating dermatitis, or even burns.

THE WORLD AT AGUST BARCELONA

The avocado and shrimp cannelloni is a cold dish that will go perfectly well in any period of the year.

We would like to emphasize that this is a fresh, healthy, and authentic dish, besides being aesthetically very visual. Its strong point is that, being very creamy, it is possible to play with its shapes in a unique manner, thus stimulating our creative facet. Let’s remember that the concept of a GastroBar is to democratize the high gastronomy and particularly this fabulous dish. Beyond being an infinite source of vitamins and its healthy properties, it allows us to innovate with this popular produce.

As for the combination of flavours, we mix avocado with red shrimp, tomato, passion fruit and various green sprouts. All these ingredients are super healthy and fresh, right?

It is worth mentioning that the passion fruit and the salmon eggs give this dish a unique and curious touch that elevates the fish flavour. The taste it leaves in the mouth when you eat it will remind you of that of the sea, which is a perfect match with the avocado.

This mixture of exotic and authentic flavours breaks with the traditional line, which is what we are looking for at Agust Barcelona with this dish.

Do you dare to taste this delicious dish?

WE WELCOME YOU AT AGUST BARCELONA

If reading this article left you wanting to live the experience at Agust Barcelona, to taste the avocado and learn more about this delicious dish, it would be our pleasure to welcome you in our restaurant. Enjoy an authentic and delicious gastronomical experience. Don’t miss out!