Avocados have recently become one of the most discussed tropical foods. It is present in every healthy diet and is considered a real super food because of all the nutrients it contains.
One of its products is avocado oil. It is not a new idea, but the coconut oil is winning the popularity battle, despite the fact that the wonderful avocado product fully deserves the admiration of those who use it regularly.
What is avocado oil and what is its place in cooking?
Avocado oil is obtained by pressing the flesh of the avocado, once the seed has been removed. This makes it one of the few vegetable oils obtained not from the seed but from the edible part. In its pure form before refining it, it is green in color, has a mild taste and a pungent odor of the fruit. Refining gives it a yellowish color, like the sunflower oil.
Avocado oil contains the healthy ingredients of from its raw form, from which it is made. And this means a high content of nutrients, among which we must mention omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, proteins, phytosterols.
In terms of its healthy ingredients, this oil is close to Extra Virgin olive oil, but there is one significant difference, which is its great advantage. It is a vegetable fat with the highest boiling point - over 270 degrees.
Therefore, it can be used not only to flavor cold dishes and salads, but also as an alternative for sunflower oil and it is much healthier.
Its safety when heated to high temperatures makes it suitable for frying, sautéing and roasting or for stewing meat or vegetables. At high temperatures it does not emit harmful substances and also makes the food very pleasant because of its soft taste.
The unique feeling that avocado oil brings to the taste buds is the reason why it is always a good alternative to olive oil and a suitable ingredient in homemade mayonnaise, salad dressings and especially in sauces, which soften the taste of the main dish, because they themselves are light and pleasant when cooked with avocado oil.
It is safe to say that avocado oil is superior to olive oil in terms of its health benefits and this is a plus to the richness of its taste and soft aroma.