Avocados: Why this green fruit is so popular

Avocados are more popular than ever and it's no wonder. Whether you have them on toast with poached egg and salmon, in a wrap with falafel or as an ingredient in dips, smoothies or salad bowls, they can be prepared in so many different ways. Although avocados tend to be used in savoury dishes, biologically speaking the avocado is a fruit. Avocados grow on trees and originate from Central America where they have been eaten for around 10,000 years.

Depending on the growing conditions, the skin of the avocado ranges from green to deep purple and is rough and nobbly. Inside, the stone is surrounded by pale green flesh. If the skin is slightly soft to the touch, the avocado is considered ripe. The flesh has a creamy consistency and a buttery, slightly nutty flavour. This is only true of the raw fruit, however. If cooked or heated, the avocado becomes bitter and is unpalatable.

How to peel an avocado

Many have injured their hands attempting to access the delicious flesh of the avocado. You don't have to do away with a sharp knife, but we do recommend only using ripe avocados as these require less pressure from a knife. Cut the fruit lengthwise around the stone and then twist the two halves to separate them. To remove the stone, carefully insert the blade and then gently turn the knife. If the flesh is already very soft, you can often remove the stone by gently squeezing the sides. Then simply separate the avocado flesh from the skin using a spoon. If you need to dice the avocado, you can first score the flesh lengthwise and crosswise.

Order avocados at coop@home

Avocados can be found in the fruit or vegetable department at Coop and are available in both an unripe and ready-to-eat state. Avocados that are still very firm should be stored at room temperature to ripen. If you don't have time to make it to the supermarket, you can also order avocados online. Thanks to coop@home, you can order avocados and many other items of food conveniently online and have them delivered to your door. If you live in an urban area, there's every chance that your shopping can be delivered on the same day provided you place your order by the cut-off time.

Orders are delivered either by our own drivers or by Swiss Post. The delivery vehicles are fitted with chiller and freezer units, ensuring optimal conditions. So you can order fresh fish and meat without any worries. You can also specify a time slot to ensure that you are home when your shopping is delivered. If you're on the go and don't have time for shopping, you can order your food online and collect your ready-packed bags from one of around 350 Pick-up locations.

Fancy a Mexican night with tortilla chips and guacamole? You can order more than just avocados from coop@home – you'll find all the other ingredients you need in our range, including garlic, chilli and limes.