Season: Year-round.

Description: Avocados are a source of vitamin K, potassium, fiber and folate. Vitamin K contributes to bone health, potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular. Folate may reduce your risk of heart disease. Eating foods with folate before pregnancy helps lower the risk of delivering a baby with neural tube defects. Avocados are also a source of monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that helps raise good-HDL cholesterol.

Selection: Choose avocados with firm skin and no soft spots, yet give to gentle pressure when ripe.

Storing: Store unripe avocados in a brown paper bag at room temperature. Ripe avocados can be refrigerated for 2-3 days.

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