Avocados are a great food. Being rich in healthy fats, they are great for cancer patients both in and out of treatment. Thanks to their thick skin, they are safe to eat on a neutropenic diet, and for a sore mouth, their creamy centers can be added to smoothies and shakes to make them easier to swallow. They’re great for healthy survivorship too. Or just eat them because they’re delicious! Here’s the practical down-low on buying these nutritious little gems, and some easy recipe ideas so you can make the most of them.
In season: Avocados are available year-round.
How to Buy: Look for avocado that are firm, but slightly soft if touched with pressure. Choose avocados without cracks or punctures in the skin.
Storage: Keep unripe avocados at room temperature until ready to eat. If you need to slow down the ripening process, store them in the refrigerator. Alternatively, to speed up the ripening process, place avocados in a paper bag with a banana or apple. Keep cut avocados in plastic wrap that touches the surface of the flesh in the refrigerator.
To read about the health benefits of avocados, read our article!