Virtual CSA Box: Avocados

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Avocados are a strange fruit - there's nothing quite like them. We're seeing them show up in a lot of CSA boxes - especially out West and in the South, where they're easy to find. The average avocado tree will bear over 120 avocados in a season, as long as it's somewhere warm, where there's no frost.

We'll eat just about anything with avocado; they're not difficult to put to good use. We made eggs last week with avocado and tomatoes chopped up inside - the creamy, slightly tangy flavor of fresh Florida avocado is delicious paired with tomatoes. And you can never go wrong with some very basic guacamole: a little lime juice, a little salt, and chunky avocado mash. For some more (and slightly offbeat) ideas of things to do with those avocados, read on...

Toni writes about how her mother would mash avocado with sugar and milk and freeze it on toothpicks for Avocado Ice Candy. At Eating Asia there's some fantastic photos of the scaly fruit, along with a recipe for guacamole and an unusual (yet fascinating) Avocado and Chocolate Shake.

You also can't go wrong with a Bacon and Avocado Sandwich, or this Prawn and Avocado Salad. These Shrimp and Avocado Canap├ęs look like great summer appetizers.

And of course, don't forget about the fried avocados!

What will you do with your avocados?

(Image credit: Wild Oats Market - Recipe for Shrimp in Avocado Shells)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.