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An Open Letter to the Avocado Haters on #NationalAvocadoDay

Avocado toast
Avocado toast
Photo: Monique Judge

Dear People Who Hate Avocados:

Who raised you?

How can you find yourself at odds with the world’s most perfect fruit? Yes, avocado is a fruit. It has a seed. It is actually considered a large berry with a single seed.


You know what else avocado is? Delicious.

I could eat avocado every single day of my life and never get tired of it. I take it in all forms. It is one of the world’s most perfect foods, full of healthy fats and nutrients.


Avocados have more potassium than bananas and studies show that high potassium intake is linked to reduced or low blood pressure. They are also high in fiber, which aids in weight loss and plays a part in reducing blood sugar spikes.

Avocados are also high in protein.

You can use avocado as a substitute for butter in your baking recipes and mayo on your sandwiches—and trust me, a sandwich with avocado swapped in for mayo is so doggone delicious.

Avocado toast is a healthy and filling meal, and you don’t have to do much to make it happen. I like mine drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

An avocado split with bruschetta, olive oil, fresh basil, salt and pepper. A toasted ciabatta roll drizzled with olive oil to accompany it
An avocado split with bruschetta, olive oil, fresh basil, salt and pepper. A toasted ciabatta roll drizzled with olive oil to accompany it
Photo: Monique Judge

I also like to cut an avocado in half, sprinkle it with garlic salt, and eat it just like that with a spoon. You can push that idea further by splitting it in half, drizzling it with olive oil, sprinkling salt and pepper and adding a spoonful of bruschetta to each half. It’s so good.

I always ask for extra avocado in salads.

And do I even have to talk to you about guacamole?

I know people say they don’t like their texture and I guess that’s a real thing. I can only say that you are truly missing out on one of the universe’s greatest creations.


I have loved avocado since I was a little girl. You should love it too.

News Editor for The Root. I said what I said. Period.

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I grew up in the Caribbean. Behind my great grandmother’s 3 room house there was a huge avocado tree. The tree was so big you couldn’t actually reach any of the lower branches much less the fruit but it didn’t matter since it dropped ripe avocados constantly. 5 - 10 a day. Every day. Non-stop. GGM grew up in the 20s when everything she ate was grown or caught by her parents and neighbors. I’m talking about real subsistence living here. So GGM didn’t believe in wasting anything. It also meant that because of the abundance of avocado we ate avocado with every meal. Morning, noon and night, everyday that I was at her house. I made it to the age of five before my body rebelled violently. I started puking it up and GMM kept feeding it to me. Eventually though she got the point but the damage was done. Just the sight that nasty green shit makes me nauseous. The smell is even worse. I can tell if food was even in proximity of Avocado. My body has become a finely honed avocado detector and it only knows one response.