Forget the lateral and the screen passes. Super Bowl fans will be passing the guacamole in big numbers when the New England Patriots clash with the Los Angeles Rams Feb. 3.
From coast to coast, fans are expected to devour a record 135,114,619 pounds of avocados during this year’s game in Atlanta. That would require a pretty hefty chip to scoop the green delicacy. Hass avocado growers are gearing up for the peak period that will outscore Cinco de Mayo and other holidays
(Scott Ostler, sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, says the Rams’ defense will be the deciding factor their 31-24 win.)
In addition to the taste, avocados are cholesterol-free, sodium-free and low in saturated fat. They’re a nutrient dense food that offers potassium, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, riboflavin and vitamins C, E and B6.
It wasn’t easy selling the nation on the benefits of the exotic fruit. The first carload California avocadoes was shipped to New York in January of 1927 and a sales report stated, “The Eastern market doesn’t want black fruit.”
But, avocado growers persisted and today there are about 6,000 acres of avocado groves between San Luis Obispo and the San Diego border.
California is the only state in the nation that produces Hass avocados. Other producers that import the fruit include Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and the Dominican Republic.
California avocados are not just for eating they are a natural for facials. They are packed full of C, E and B6 vitamins, which have proven to reduce wrinkles, moisturize, cleanse, exfoliate and enrich the skin.
What if you want to whip up a batch of guacamole and the fruit is not ripe?
No problem states the Hass Avocado Board. Simply place avocados in a paper bag with an apple for two to three days at room temperature. When they darken and yield to gentle pressure, they are ready.
With Super Sunday approaching faster than a wide open receiver in the end zone, you need a great wine.
“For the wine, it would undoubtedly be the Flora Springs’ 2016 Napa Valley Merlot,” said proprietor John Komes. “It is smooth, rich and satisfying, it goes with everything from spicy chicken wings to mini-quiches to your favorite dip with chips.”
He also predicted the Patriots’ smooth win over the Rams.