Contributed by: NAPSA
Avocado 101: How to Pick, Store and Handle the Perfect Fruit (NAPSA) - Avocados. They're not just for guacamole anymore. Delicious Hass avocados add great taste, lively color and a creamy texture to ordinary dishes, making them extraordinary. From pizza to salads to sandwiches, avocados add that little something special to your recipes. Knowing how to properly select, handle and store your avocados will ensure that they add the perfect pizzazz to your meal every time.
To ripen a Hass avocado, place the fruit in a paper bag with an apple for two to three days at room temperature (apples accelerate the process by giving off ethylene gas, a ripening agent).
Ripe avocados can be stored in a refrigerator or freezer for later use.
Once you've selected and prepared your Hass avocados, try them in this quick, easy recipe.
Cut a circle out of the top of the bread; tear out the inside of the bread in the bottom section to make a shell. Mash one avocado and mix with salsa; spread over the bottom of the bread.
Layer pepper strips, onions, cheese and half the turkey inside the bread. Slice the remaining avocado and place on top of the cheese. Top with lettuce and remaining turkey. Replace the bread top and press down firmly to compress ingredients.
Wrap tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into wedges just before serving.
For more delectable recipes featuring creamy Hass avocados, visit the Hass Avocado Board Web site at www.avocadocentral.com.
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