It comes from South and Central America. We eat it in dozens of different forms and use it in the manufacture of glue, materials, paper and, of course, alcohol. Today it is hard to imagine a cinema visit without popcorn or breakfast without cereal, yet the aura of Indian legends still floats around corn, for that’s what we’re talking about here.
Of all the cruciferous vegetables, a family containing 380 different species, this is the one which truly deserves its “royal” status. Not only because in France – as everybody knows – baby boys are found in cabbages, and baby girls in rose petals. Not only because it happens to be the most popular vegetable of all, but also because it is the healthiest. And if it were easier to digest and didn’t cause bloating and gas by fermenting in the stomach, we would say it was priceless.
Avocado is a really unusual plant. Which group does it belong to – the vegetables or the fruit? It’s not even clear how to use it. You can eat it spiced or sweetened. So maybe we can trust our taste buds to haul us out of this labyrinth of confusion? But this is not exactly a simple assignment either. For how does an avocado actually taste?