Love your Valentine? Ditch the flowers and add an avo

Avocado nuggets with a creamy horseradish and basil dip

You know you’re in love when you’re willing to share your avocados…

Don’t opt for the safe, monotonous Valentine’s gifts this year, show your Valentine that you really care by adding an avo!

Below we share our 5 favourite avocado recipes, perfect for Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner.

Avocado nuggets with a creamy horseradish and basil dip

Avocado nuggets with a creamy horseradish and basil dip

Recipe here: Avocado nuggets with a creamy horseradish and basil dip

Avocado ritz

Avocado ritz recipe

Recipe here: Avocado ritz

Crystal spring rolls with chargrilled tuna, avocado, apple and herbs

Crystal spring rolls with chargrilled tuna, avocado, apple and herbs recipe

Recipe here: Crystal spring rolls with chargrilled tuna, avocado, apple and herbs

Griddled sourdough with steak, marinated radish and avocado

Griddled sourdough with steak, marinated radish and avocado

Recipe here: Griddled sourdough with steak, marinated radish and avocado

Avocado, prawn and smoked trout “burgers” with yoghurt-mayo dressing

Avocado, prawn and smoked trout “burgers” with yoghurt-mayo dressing

Recipe here: Avocado, prawn and smoked trout “burgers” with yoghurt-mayo dressing

Not only will you be set to impress but the avocado’s velvety smooth texture, melt-in-your mouth creaminess and buttery flavour, are sure to get the pulse racing.  And if you don’t believe that, just look back in history to ancient South American cultures who revered avos as fruits of the gods. One of the stories goes that a Mayan princess ate the very first avocado and believed it had mystical, magical powers. The Aztecs claimed the fruit had aphrodisiac qualities – not surprising since the word avocado actually comes from the Aztec word ‘ahuácatl’ meaning testicle!

Now that we’ve got your heart racing, you can also impress your Valentine with the fact that avos are really healthy!  Avocados can be included in a healthy eating plan as they are virtually free of   sodium and are a source of potassium, with just half an avocado providing 420mg of potassium. In addition, their high monounsaturated fat content helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels and lowers the risk for heart disease when used to replace saturated and trans fats.

So go on – do the right thing and add an avo to Valentine’s Day

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