7 Ways to Celebrate #CAavocadoMonth

June marks the peak of California Avocado season and has officially been dubbed California Avocado Month! This is the time of when you’re most likely to see California Avocados available and spotting the California Avocado sticker in your produce section should be a regular – and Instagram-worthy - occurrence. How can you celebrate California Avocado Month with us? We’ve narrowed it down to 7 ways to celebrate – including one where you can win FREE California Avocados! Keep reading to find out how.

1. Enter our #CAavocadoMonth Contest!

I hope you’re ready to get in the kitchen and start cooking with California Avocados! Challenge yourself to make a new recipe each day this month, take a photo and upload it to Instagram using #CAavocadoMonth so we can see it. Your food pics could even make you a winner in our California Avocado Month Contest where 5 random entrants will win a FREE shipment of Fresh California Avocados! To enter, simply:

  • Sign into the contest widget below
  • Enter your Instagram handle
  • Paste in the Instagram URL to one of your avocado pics that you tagged with #CAavocadoMonth (the photo has to be tagged with the #CAavocadoMonth hashtag to be a valid entry!)
  • Note: USA residents only 
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If you don’t have a perfected avocado recipe photo yet, no problem! Keep reading the remaining 6 ways to celebrate California Avocado Month for ideas on types of recipes to create. You have until June 30th at 11:59pm PT to come back to this blog post and enter your photo for the chance to win.

2. Choose the Perfect Avocado – Every Time. 

The next time you’re confronted with a display of perfectly stacked California Avocados at the grocery store, you’ll feel confident that you’ll pick the best fruit for your needs. From a slightly soft fruit that’s ready-to-use, to a harder avocado that you plan to use for lunch prep in a few days, this handy “5 Stages of Avocado Ripeness” guide will teach you exactly what to look for when purchasing California Avocados. 

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3. Ripen & Store Avocados Flawlessly. 

Now is the time to stock up on California Avocados! Take your new found expertise on how to choose an avocado and buy enough fruit to last you a week (I typically plan for one per day). If you’re looking to speed up the ripening process, put an apple with your avocado in a paper bag on your counter; the natural ethylene gas these fruit produce will help quicken the ripening process.

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Find yourself with more ripe avocados than you’re planning on using immediately? Putting ripe avocados in the fridge can keep them fresh for a few extra days. 

4. Slice & Dice your Avocados – the Right Way.

Have you ever tried to cut into an avocado, but cut your hand instead? Cutting an avocado the correct way means you’ll not only end up with a perfectly sliced or diced avocado, you’ll avoid any kitchen mishaps or knife slips. 

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Find step by step directions of the right way to cut an avocado in this blog post.

5. Swap a Spread (or other Condiment). 

Always seem to be reaching for the ketchup, mustard or mayo during your summer barbeques? Add a new spread to your condiment mix this season with California Avocado. Bonus – not only will you get to enjoy the great taste of California Avocados while they’re in peak season, with only 1/5th of a medium avocado, you’ll be contributing nearly 20 vitamins and minerals to your meal.

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6. Stack up a Killer Californian Sandwich.

Whether you’re swapping mayo for California Avocado or adding a few slices to your sandwich, try updating your lunch menu with a new sandwich recipe like the Sourdough California Avocado Grilled Cheese, Cobb Chicken Salad, or the California Avocado Club

 

7. Get Creative with an Unexpected Avocado Recipe.

You’ve probably already perfected your signature guacamole recipe, but this month, challenge yourself to try a recipe you never would have thought of before. Some of my favorites include:


Now that you’re equipped with a few ideas on how to celebrate California Avocado Month, be sure to challenge yourself by trying some new-to-you California Avocado recipes – and document each new recipe with a photo! Don’t forget to also check back here, or on the California Avocado Instagram, by July 3rd, 2015 for the announcement of the #CAavocadoMonth winners. Good luck!

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