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Honestly, the love of avocados has grown on me but I have come to adore them. Back in my very early days of real food learning I remember wondering how the guacamole got SO green. (Insert head slap)
OH, so God created the avocado with that gorgeous color. Well, that’s fine then. Perfect, actually. So I went on with my increasing love for “guac” (America is so nick namey – drives my german hubby kinda crazy – they are a little more straight forward ).
THEN, I ventured into just plain avocado as I remember visiting my parents for the first time in Malawi, Africa when they served there at the end of my Dad’s years of ministry. My Mom sliced these huge green slices of avo and placed them on toast and sprinkled them with fresh ground salt and pepper. WOW ! Oh yummy. See more of that recipe in my home baked chips and guacamole post. My love increased. Later on, of course we moved to Africa and in both of our own back yards in Africa1 and 2 we had our OWN avocado trees. One yard even had a mango tree growing next to the avo tree and the fruit hung intermingled in the air like salsa in the making. It was fantastic. I’ll have to look for that pic someday. Finally, one hardly knows what to do with all that avocado. In fact I remember walking up our stone path to feed the chickens and our good dog Buster playing with the large pits of many a fallen and smashed open avo and they just laid there like the most wonderful compost . I couldn’t take them all in. Africa grows meal sized avocado and in 8 short days I’m on my way to those lovely avos again. Interestingly, when we returned to the States from Africa2 our daughter, just 9 at the time, was aghast when I brought home a small netted bag of avocados from the grocery store. She said ” What are THOSE?” I explained and she shouted to her dismay:
” HOW did they get stickers on them?”
Now my children are acclimated to 1st world culture so I am thrilled that they are as excited as we are about the return to such things as avocado that grow on trees and not netted bags. We all need to learn a little more about where our food comes from. How great is our Creator and the gifts He has given us.
Shout out to my Mom for introducing me to the love of those green slices on toast as she turned 80 years old today ! What a joyful day she had. She has taught me a tremendous love of nature and I’m forever grateful. Also, a high 5 to anyone who can comment on how many times I wrote the word avocado (regular and nick namey version) in this post. Anyone? Leave a comment below. 😉
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