The next time you hope to get lucky, have some avocado. As far back as 200 B.C., the ancient Mayans and Aztecs ate the fruit to enhance sexual desirability. But there are plenty of other reasons to eat it, including a dose of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that protect your vision; good-for-you monounsaturated fat, which keeps your heart healthy; and fiber to fill you up so you feel satisfied. And guacamole isn’t the only way to enjoy it—add these ideas from Brenda Cusick, a California-based avocado rancher and supplier whose goods can be found at AvocadoDiva.com.
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At Firenze Osteria, the California restaurant owned by Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame, they serve up an ice-cold avocado martini featuring fresh lime juice, mango, and rum. “It’s cool, smooth, sweet, and sour all at the same time,” Cusick says. Try it at home: Rub the rim of a martini glass with an orange slice and dip it in orange-flavored sugar to coat the rim. In a martini shaker, muddle 2 basil leaves. Add ice, ½ pureed small avocado, the juice of 3 lime wedges, 1 oz mango rum, 1 oz mango vodka, and ¾ oz simple syrup, and shake well. Strain into prepared martini glass and enjoy.