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This creamy dressing, flavoured with lemongrass and kaffir lime is incredibly delicious with avocado and prawns. click here
This makes a light, refreshing starter or special side salad. Serve on individual plates, or as one big salad for the table. click here
Classic banana bread that uses creamy Fresh Avocado to replace shortening. The result is very moist and great for breakfast, snacks, tea time or dessert. click here
An appetiser or light lunch with the wow factor. In a hurry? Use premade salsa and the dish comes together in five minutes click here
Avocado lends a perfect smooth and creamy texture to this delicious treat, that’s healthy too! click here
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Health conscious Kiwis and foodies alike now have even more reason to celebrate the arrival of the New Zealand avocado season - latest research proves they can make a vast improvement to overall health and wellbeing. As well as being a delicious addition to many meals, avocados are one of the most nutritionally complete foods in the world and new international research published in the Nutrition Journal* shows that people who regularly eat them weigh 3.4 kilograms less on average and have waistlines around four centimetres smaller, than those who don’t. Avocado consumers also have significantly lower BMIs than non-consumers; significantly higher intakes of important nutrients (such as fibre, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and vitamin K), plus more good fats and a lower intake of added sugars. The findings of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in the United States, published in the Nutrition Journal, proved eating avocado every day boosted people’s HDL ("good”) cholesterol levels and resulted in a 50 per cent less chance of metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes). Qualified dietician and nutritionist Nadia Lim is the official New Zealand Avocado ambassador and was a guest presenter at the recent New Zealand and Australian Avocado Growers’ Conference, held in Tauranga. Nadia says avocados are a perfect health conscious option for healthy, vibrant people who desire nutritious food that contributes positively to their overall health. "Avocados are a perfect food – they’re abundant in valuable vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. Nutritionists have long recommended consuming the healthy fats from avocados which are known to support improved overall diet quality, nutrient intake and heart health,” she says. New Zealand Avocado CEO Jen Scoular says "Avocados are incredibly nutritious and nourishing for the body and soul. If you like to get the most out of life then you should definitely include an avocado in your diet every day. "As part of a healthy, balanced diet, avocados are proving themselves time and again as a food that can help us all live healthier lives. This new research reinforces the importance of the food’s role in our everyday diet,” says Scoular. The American-based Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is continuing to invest millions of dollars in nutrition research on Hass Avocado – a fund which the New Zealand avocado industry has long contributed to – and has engaged top researchers and institutions to further investigate the fruit’s health potential. HAB established a nutrition research programme in 2010 to increase awareness and improve understanding of the unique benefits of avocados to human health and nutrition. The four research pillars are heart health, weight management, diabetes and healthy living. *To read the overview from Nutrition Journal: http://www.avocadocentral.com/avocado-nutrition-center/nhanes-studyFor more information or images please contact: Midge MunroCommunications Manager, New Zealand Avocadommunro@nzavocado.co.nz
New international research regarding the health benefits of avocados will be a hot topic in Tauranga next week, as 50 world experts speak at an industry conference which is only held in New Zealand once every eight years.The American-based Hass Avocado Board (HAB) will share new research in a keynote presentation at ‘Nutritional Values’ - the fifth Quadrennial New Zealand and Australian Avocado Growers’ Conference, to be held at the ASB Arena Baypark from 9-12 September. The research indicates that consuming avocados may be associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake level, lower intake of added sugars, lower body weight, BMI and waist circumferences, higher "good cholesterol” levels and lower metabolic syndrome risk. In addition to sharing information on the growing body of Hass avocado research, HAB will share new analysis of data, published this year in Nutrition Journal, from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in the US , a programme of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).* Emiliano Escobedo, Executive Director of HAB, says the organisation is investing millions of dollars in nutrition research, which the New Zealand avocado industry has long contributed to, with top researchers and institutions. "The Hass Avocado Board is funding additional clinical studies to investigate the relationship between fresh avocado consumption and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, avocados' potential positive role in weight management and diabetes, and avocados' ability to enhance nutrient absorption,” says Escobedo. Just last week New Zealand Avocado announced that the industry would receive a $4 million boost in research funding from a successful bid made to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) 2013 Science Investment Round. The investment over the next five years into the Plant & Food Research project ‘Avocados for Export’ aims to contribute to doubling New Zealand’s average avocado yield through identifying causes of irregular fruit bearing and will also introduce new storage and shipping systems to export increased volumes of fruit.Avocados are New Zealand’s third largest fresh fruit export, and had an industry value of $60 million in 2012-2013 for both domestic and export volumes. Over 400 delegates are due to attend the conference and Ashby Whitehead, chair of the New Zealand Avocado Growers’ Association Inc. (NZAGA) and New Zealand Avocado Industry Council Ltd, says there is a fantastic line up of speakers who will inform, inspire and challenge growers. "Those involved in our industry are passionate about growing our markets and that means keeping on top of global research, innovation and trends,” Whitehead says. "Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the health benefits of the food they are eating. People now place a high value on "functional” and "super” foods such as avocado. We need to explore opportunities to leverage the nutritional benefits of this fruit, especially as we seek to further develop markets in Asia,” he says. Fifty renowned experts from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the United States will discuss the nutritional findings, as well as talk about the latest pruning techniques, irregular bearing, disease management, new cultivars, nutrient management, pollination, quality improvement, market development, promotions, economics, biosecurity, and supply chain improvement. The upcoming conference is hosted in New Zealand only once every eight years. It is held as part of the memorandum of understanding between NZAGA and their Australian counterparts, Avocados Australia, to foster a stronger working relationship between the two peak industry bodies. Speaker highlights· Dr Russell Ballard, Independent Chair of the Plant Market Access Council, will share insights on the New Zealand avocado industry’s potential – sponsored by Port of Tauranga.Nadia Lim, New Zealand Avocado ambassador, will present on culinary and nutritional aspects of avocados.· Stephen Toplis, BNZ’s head of research, will share the economic outlook for the Asian region – an important growth region for the avocado industry.Lisa Cork, recent winner of the PMA-A marketer of the year award, will share her insights on innovative marketing and messaging – sponsored by Jenkins Freshpac Systems.Dr Mark Dreher, a nutrition research advisor to the Hass Avocado Board in the USA, will share information on the latest clinical trials to test effects of avocado on various aspects of health.Dr Andrew Geering, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland who works to improve food security through providing control options for diseases that affect sub-tropical and tropical horticultural crops such as banana, pineapple, avocado, tomato and other vegetables.· Dr Zelda Van Rooyen will share the South African experience of growing avocados and the evaluation and commercialisation of new cultivar and rootstock material.· Peter Thomson, Ministry for Primary Industries and Simon Hegarty, Horticultural Export Authority will each speak on market access for New Zealand avocados into overseas markets.Ian Proudfoot, Global Sector Leader for Agribusiness, KPMG, will talk about New Zealand’s place in the global agri-food system and ask – what could the future look like? HAB’s attendance at the conference is being supported by the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT), who invests around $2.7 million per year aimed at exploring market opportunities, encouraging innovative ideas, and developing future leaders within the agribusiness sectors. AGMARDT is also supporting Dr Andrew Geering to attend and present. New exporter collaboration AVOCO™ is the Nutritional Values principal conference partner. AVOCO™ was created by New Zealand’s two largest avocado exporters – Auckland-based Primor Produce Ltd and Te Puna’s Southern Produce Ltd. *To read the overview from Nutrition Journal: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/c-nsi022013.php
Wednesday 26 June 2013, Mount Maunganui BayPark Function CentreThis year the competition will be held at BayPark Function Centre on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.This exciting competition event, followed by a gala dinner in the evening, attracts hundreds of local Bay of Plenty people from within the horticulture industry.This event celebrates and showcases the importance of continually recognising and encouraging our industries up-and-coming young leaders, and this event is the perfect platform for this.For more information about the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition, including entry forms and opportunities to sponsor this prestigious BOP event click on the documents below.BOP Young Fruit Grower of the Year 2013 - FlyerBOP Young Fruit Grower of the Year 2013 - Application FormBOP Young Fruit Grower of the Year 2013 - Sponsorship Form
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