The term guacamole is used to refer to a paste or dip made from avocado mashed with onion, tomatoes and other ingredients and eaten with flat bread or vegetable sticks. I loooooove avocados. In Cameroon, avocados are also refered to as pear. Don’t ask me why. They come in different sizes, shapes and consistency.
In my village, Bafou in the West of Cameroon, you can find avocado or pear trees growing all over the place. The kind of pear that grows there is what we call the butter pear. This pear has the thickest and most creamy fruit flesh I have ever come across.
Avocados are considered a nutrient dense food. Meaning they provide the body with minerals, vitamins and other nutrients in a low-calorie package. Though high in fat content (20-30%), the fat in avocados are good monounsaturated fats which help the body to absorb other fat soluble nutrients. Ever heard of “eat fat to lose fat”? The avocado is one of those fatty foods to eat to lose! Great isn’t it?
Another great thing is, avocados are one of the first foods recommended for babies because of their nutritive value and their creamy nature. So here’s a great way to include avocado in your diet. Try my African guacamole and thank me later in the comments area below! 🙂
Guacamole à la Camerounaise
A creamy dip that will satisfy your desire for fatty food without the extra unhealthy fat and calories!
11/2 ripe Avocado
1/2 red onion
1/2 normal onion
1/4 tsp. White pepper
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 tsp. Extra virgin olive oil
- Mash avocado in a bowl using a fork till you get a smooth paste. Squeeze lemon and orange into the bowl and mix.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and serve with raw afroodles or thinly sliced vegetables. Can also be used as a spread on whole wheat bread.
- 1. Make it hot! Add 1/2 a habanero pepper!
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