Frequently Asked Questions

Eating Avocados

When can babies start eating avocado?
Avocado is the perfect baby first food. They are the ideal flavour, consistency and nutritional content. Avocado’s smooth, creamy consistency, neutral flavour and excellent nutritional content makes it one of the first fresh fruits your wee one can enjoy.  They are a great source of calories, high in healthy fat and help the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) from foods eaten with them. Additionally, avocados are very low in sugar and sodium and contain good amounts of developmental nutrients, such as folate and vitamin E, and are gluten-free. A ¼ avocado serving has 4 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain. Find out more about the nutrition of avocados here

I have a great avocado recipe can I share it with you?
Absolutely, we love to see new avocado recipes. Please send it to communications@nzavocado.co.nz

Can you eat the brown bits in avocado?
Avocados should be eaten when the skin is brown and the flesh is a green – yellow colour. Once the fresh starts going brown the avocado is starting to rot. If there is a small amount of brown fresh the green part can still be eaten but it’s best to avoid eating brown flesh.

Can I use avocado oil instead of olive oil or vegetable oil?
Yes, avocado oil is very healthy and great for the eyes, skin and heart. It’s great as a 1 to 1 substitute for savoury recipes, sauces and dressings. For baking we would recommend using fresh avocado as a substitute for oil or butter. Due to their mono and polyunsaturated fat content, avocados are a great substitution for foods rich in saturated fat.

Can I use avocado instead of butter?
Yes, avocados are a great substitute for butter on toast, sandwiches and in baking. Using avocados instead of butter helps to lower the calorie count and add nutrients into your baking. Use ½ the amount of mashed avocado for the substitute. Check out our baking recipes here

Can you eat avocados during pregnancy?
Yes, definitely. Avocados are full of folate which is essential during pregnancy and vital for healthy growth and development for all ages. Find out more here