Hello! Today’s post is all about Reason #28 Why California is the Best… Avocados! I visited an avocado orchard in Irvine – just one city over from where I live. Boom! The California Avocado Commission and Vons invited a group of bloggers to tour the field and have the most avocado-y lunch ever.
I was super excited because they said there would be a Guacamole Eating Contest! I can dominate that! But it turns out it was a Guacamole Making contest. Oh well, I still ate the most out of anyone.
The California Avocado Commission offices and this orchard are in Irvine, CA – that’s basically my backyard. I love when I can get local produce like this.
Check out the Pacific Ocean way out in the distance of this pic…
Next year’s avocado crops are lil babies right now. They will be ready to be picked between January and July.
I learned a few things too! All this time I considered myself an avocado expert since my parents’ have avocado trees and I eat approximately 22 avocados a week.
I always just pull avocados off the tree when I pick them. You’re supposed to leave a tiny piece of stem, that helps prevent disease that can get into the avocado from the stem spot.
We have a fruit picker with a claw on it but this has a little clipper thing to cut it…
We had lunch outside. It was a magical avocado picnic…
Vegan Cauliflower Ceviche – so good! This would be a great dish to bring to a potluck.
BBQ Tri-tip with Avocado Chimchurri – I’m usually not a beef person but I tried this since it was fancy.
This. This this this. Avocado Potato Salad. I love avocados. I love potatoes. Put them together and it’s magic.
Kale salad with avocado dressing.
Chipotle Portabella Mushrooms topped with avocado relish. This is how vegans don’t miss meat.
Even the dessert had avocado!!
These are key lime pudding shots.
We ended the day with our guacamole making contest. I think we all won.