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How to Ripen an Avocado Faster

Have you ever had cravings for freshly made guacamole and had to wait a whole week to enjoy? Perhaps you’ve also heard of the internet hack of microwaving the avocado to ripen it faster? We’ll be sharing tips on how to naturally accelerate your California Avocados’ ripeness and dispel some myths along the way. You’ll learn that the tried and true way to ripen an...

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Linguine with California Avocado Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

In California, the spring and summer months are synonymous with warm weather, sunshine and a bountiful selection of fresh fruit and produce to enjoy. I visit the Farmer’s Market every week to find the freshest, local ingredients for our guests at Melisse and Charcoal. California Avocados are a quintessential ingredient of  “California cuisine” and one of my favorite...

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with California Avocado Lime Butter

As the weeks of spring grow closer to summer here in California, I find myself more and more drawn to my backyard grill. The smell of the smoke, the heat of the coals, the taste of the char. We can certainly grill year-round in the Golden State, but I love it the most during late-spring and summer. Especially for a picnic or a holiday gathering.With summer holidays right around the corner, one of...

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Coconut, California Avocado and Lime Granita

A granita is an Italian shaved ice dessert that’s very simple to prepare with no special equipment needed!  Start by blending up a ripe California Avocado with coconut milk, sugar syrup, lime zest, lime juice and spiced rum. This mixture is then poured into a baking dish and set in the freezer. Every 30 minutes, you scrape the mixture with a fork to create ice crystals. After a few...

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