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Kiwi love affair with avocados growing stronger

More New Zealanders are declaring their love foravocados than ever before and Nadia Lim has devised a special Valentine’s Daytreat that’s sure to tempt any chocolate lover. The latest research conducted by Nielsen Homescan shows90,000 more Kiwi households are buying avocados than in previous seasons. In fact, New Zealanders bought avocados 5.5 times lastseason on average (compared with just 4.8 times in 2013-14) so now is a greattime to experiment with new avocado recipes. Cook, dietician and avocado lover, Nadia Lim, hascreated a mouth-watering avocado chocolate ganache cake - a twist on atraditional chocolate cake."The chocolate ganache on this cake uses avocados andcoconut milk as the delicious ingredients that give it its creaminess, however thewhole cake is also dairy free!  The cakeitself is super moist and rich, with the help of rich avocado oil."Avocados are simply amazing when whizzed up withmelted chocolate, producing a thick, silky, creamy ganache.”Lim says if you’re not planning to eat the cakestraight away, you can freeze it before it is iced. But the ganache is bestmade fresh. "This is a great recipe to try on Valentine’s Daybecause it is decadent, moist and a total treat.”"Introducing more avocados into the diet of your lovedone is a delicious gift,” Lim says.Click here for the recipe.

Picture perfect at Taste of Auckland

From 5-8November, a team from NZ Avocado interacted with more than 6000 attendees atthe Taste of Auckland festival held at Western Springs, Auckland. Over the courseof six sessions during the four days of the festival, attendees who visited NZAvocado’s stand were treated to an ‘Instagram worthy’ setting where weperformed cooking demos, handed out recipe cards and booklets, as well as variousdelicious and beautiful looking avocado samples.    During theweekend we aimed to connect with avocado loving consumers and inspire them totry new avocado recipe ideas. We also gave them tips on how to pick the rightavocado and how to correctly store avocados at various stages of ripeness.  Our standwas designed to look like a real life kitchen – bright, modern and eye catching.One wall of the stand was covered in images of delicious looking avocadodishes, while the other wall depicted a kitchen background with a windowlooking out onto an avocado orchard. Our Amazing Anytime bright blue waseverywhere on our stand, making it one of the first stands that attendees eyeswere drawn to as they walked through the festival entrance. The "kitchen” wasartfully decorated with avocados displayed in glass bowls, cut flowers in vases,and various complementary ingredients for the samples being shared – making ourstand look a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Clean-eating,avocado loving and MotivateMe NZ founder Makaia Carr joined us during theFriday and Saturday afternoon sessions. She spent her time chatting to theaudiences about her love for avocados while she demonstrated three trendy avocadorecipes – a breakfast smoothie, avocado bliss balls and guacamole. We had aselfie competition running during the weekend to invite interaction via socialmedia. Visitors to our stand were encouraged to take a selfie somewhere on ourstand, post it to social media and use the hashtag #nzavocado – by doing thisthey went into the draw to win an amazing avocado bliss ball prize pack. Over 20,000keen foodies enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather throughout the entire weekend.Those who visited our stand were eager to try the delicious avocado samples wehad on offer – avocado with either cherry tomatoes or smoked salmon on toast, anavocado and blueberry breakfast smoothie, guacamole, avocado bliss balls,avocado and white chocolate tarts, and avocado crème filled cherry tomatoes. We had a lot of support from our loyal ‘Friends of NZavocados’ – Go Nutz, Vogels, and NZ King Salmon – as well as support from new‘Friends of NZ avocados’ – Beekist, Whitakers, Sujon Berries, RealFoods NZ,Down at the Farm, and Fire Dragon Chillies.  We received fantastic feedback from visitors in regardsto our stand and everyone seemed to enjoy the avocado samples they tried – wehad people coming back for more! Visitors to our stand had many questions aboutavocados and were very interested in our industry.

Kick start your kids' healthy eating habits with avocado pizza

School holidays are a great time to experiment in the kitchen and encourage your kids to eat new foods – and avocados should be top of the list of healthy things to try. Avocados are a nutritionalpowerhouse and their creamy texture appeals to children of all ages. They arefull of fibre to help energise and sustain busy youngsters. Plus they are also sugar-free,low in salt and a source of ‘good fat’ which is important for a healthy heart. Eating avocados can also helpyour child’s body absorb more vital nutrients from other foods they consume.Avocados contain more potassium per 100 grams than a banana, and are a sourceof folate and antioxidants – that’s why they’re considered ‘nature’s superfood’. While some kids are reluctantto eat anything green, pizza is always a winner. Try this delicious AvocadoPizza recipe to get your kids in the kitchen these school holidays so they canlearn how to become healthy Avo-heroes!Avocado and Bacon PizzaAvocado and bacon go so well together on pizza, and thisrecipe is one that the kids will love to make and eat!Makes 2 pizzas, enough to serve 3-4 peoplePrep time: 20 minutes 40 minutes rising time for thedough          Cook time: 12-15 minutesPizza base (makes 4 pizza bases)1 cup (250ml) warm water1 tablespoon active dried yeast1 teaspoon sugar450g high grade flour1 tablespoon olive oil1 teaspoon saltToppings1 x 400g can crushed or pureed tomatoes1 red capsicum, sliced2 cups grated mozzarella cheese2 avocados, sliced 200g bacon, cut into pieces and fried½ red onion, very thinly slicedTo make the pizza dough, put the warm water in a mixing bowl and addthe yeast and sugar. Stir gently. Leave in a warm place until the yeasthas dissolved and the mixture is frothy. Mix well. Place the flour, olive oil and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add theyeast mixture and mix well to form a dough (note: there may be some left overflour in the bowl once you’ve formed the dough, this is fine). Knead the doughfor 10 minutes until smooth and elastic, then place in an oiled bowl. Coverwith a tea towel or clingfilm and place in a warm place to rise until doubledin bulk (about 40 minutes). Once it has risen, knock back the dough and divide into 4 evenpieces. This recipe uses 2 pizza bases so you can refrigerate or freeze theother 2 pieces of dough (wrapped well in clingfilm) to use at a later date.Alternatively you can cook all four pizzas, and just double theamount of toppings listed above!Preheat oven to 230degC. If you have them, place two pizza stones onseparate shelves in the oven to preheat. Alternatively preheat 2 oven trays.Get them really hot (this helps the bases crisp up on the bottom).Lay each pizza base on a sheet of baking paper and roll them out to get a nice thin base. Spread tomato sauce over each base, leaving an edge for the crust. Sprinkle over mozzarella and arrange red capsicum and red onion on top. Carefully lift up the baking paper with the pizza on top and place on hot preheated stone or tray. Cook the pizza until the base is crisp and the cheese is melted and golden, about 12 minutes.Take pizzas out of the oven and arrange slices of avocado and bacon on top. Slice and serve! About New Zealand AvocadoThe New Zealand avocado industry isthe third largest fresh fruit export from New Zealand.NZ Avocado Growers' Association Inc. (NZAGA) andAvocado Industry Council Ltd (AIC) – collectively NZ Avocado, operates under theHorticultural Export Authority Act to set mandatory industry standards for allfruit exported from New Zealand. NZ Avocado also facilitates access foravocados to off shore markets. NZAvocado works with the industry to promote New Zealand avocados and providetechnical information to all growers of which there are over 1,350 based mainlyin the Bay of Plenty and Northland. 

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