How Avocado Made Me A Better Person


The title of this post makes it pretty obvious where my loyalty is but I wasn’t always faithful to the misunderstood fruit. Yes, avocado is a fruit just like tomatoes are. Growing up I hated avocado it was like a green goblin and I wanted no parts. I managed to go 22 years barely tasting it. This was particularly difficult because it is staple in Caribbean cuisine and turning down food is a no no. I think it was *my good looks and charm* God’s unshakable grace that helped me navigate through my childhood in one piece.

Flashback wavy squiggly dream sequence begins
It is 2008, I am a senior in college taking Spanish 101 (don’t ask why because I don’t know). My last semester is moving at the rapid speed of a snail. I don’t want to learn va, voy, vaminos for the 100th time I want to be in the real world. A Dios Mio. My professor God bless her because I don’t remember her name but she assigned a special project to the class. We had a choice: take a verbal final exam or do cultural presentation in front of the class (didn’t have to be in spanish). I chose to do the verbal final exam because I had no interest in researching anything. I figured all my years of living in The Bronx link would kick in and I didn’t mind the challenge.  Many of my classmates choose to do presentations. I am painfully sitting through each spanglish speech eagerly waiting for the apocalypse because I’m bored out of my mind. Just when I am ready to pass out it happens. Clearly “it” isn’t the end of the world. It is this young man’s presentation: The history of guacamole. He took a lot of pride in this and even had a guacamole tasting at the end. Initially I wasn’t interested because of my relationship with avocado but this time was different. I decided to take a chance…dramatic pause… Drumroll please… Score! This was top 5 best decisions I’ve ever made. Slight exaggeration but it is certainly in the top ten. From that day I was hooked not just on guac but I grew an appreciation for the green fella. Now it is a bond that cannot be broken. Recently, I attempted to pay it forward. I gave my 2 year old niece avocado but she didn’t like it, oh to be young and foolish.

Some lessons I learned
Sometimes things are better the second time around.
Never say never.
It is ok to take a chance what is the worst that could happen? The answer is death by the way.
Everything is subject to change.
Embrace change.
Your parents are always right.


Check my avocado pinterest board for more avocado recipes.

What are some foods you hated as a child but love now?