Ireland's insatiable appetite for the avocado: Sales increase by 20pc at Tesco
It was once a rare sight on this little island, only available at eclectic deli stalls.
Now, the avocado fruit is so ubiquitous that it's even competing with mashed-banana as the ultimate Irish baby snack.
Over the past year some 6.5 million avocados were sold by Tesco, which represents a 20pc increase on the previous year. SuperValu says it has seen a 142% increase in sales of avocados in the last two years.
Shipped into Ireland in their millions, our avocados come from countries as far flung as Chile, Peru and Kenya, Tesco says. Despite the air miles, the insatiable Irish apetite for the tropical fruit is increasing.
Well-known foodies like Roz Purcell and Rosanna Davison regularly profess their love for the fruit, making it the trendy health food of choice.
And to the Irish foodie, tips on how to bring out the best in your avocado are like gold dust.
"If you’re only using half an avocado, we recommend that you rub the exposed side with a little lemon juice, cover it with cling film and pop it in the fridge where it can be stored for a day," a Tesco spokesperson told independent.ie.
"An unripe avocado can take four to five days to ripen at room temperature, if you want to speed up this process, store your avocado in a brown paper bag with an apple or a banana for two to three days."
Technically a fruit, the average large avocado contains around 330 calories. It contains healthy monounsaturated fat and it is high in fibre and nutrients including Vitamins B, C, E, K and potassium.
"In Ireland avocados are imported from a number of countries throughout the year depending on the season with Chilean avocados currently in stock and will be followed by Spanish avocados," a Tesco spokesperson said.
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