Not long ago, Coconut Oil was being hailed as the new big thing but it’s our job to tell you that old nut has cracked and Avocado oil is the new slick star of the kitchen.

 

The Taste

Firstly, the taste is amazing. Unlike Coconut oil which leaves a slight ‘coconutty’ taste on everything, this oil doesn’t overwhelmingly taste like Avocado. Instead it has a mild, slightly buttery flavour and a light smooth texture.

Cooking

The brilliant thing about avocado oil is that it is highly recommended for cooking due to its high smoke point. This is the temperature at which the oil starts to visibly smoke in the pan. Most oils become unhealthy when they reach smoke point as the structure of the oil changes to create damaging compounds and all the nutrients are lost. Not so here.

Once you have roasted your roast potatoes in Avocado oil we guarantee you will be hooked. It literally makes the best roasties and home made chips EVER – super crispy on the outside and unctuous on the inside. Much tastier and healthier than goose or duck fat which is usually the recommended choice for making superb roasties.

 Inspiration

It is also supremely versatile. You can use it to roast root vegetables or grill meats, fish and kebabs. It can be used in salad dressings, marinades, soups, stir-fries, sauces, smoothies, to make pesto. See our ideas for Jo’s Crunchy Nut Salad and an idea for a delicious dip here. You can drizzle it on just about anything. The possibilities are endless. It also makes a surprisingly good addition to fruit salads (honestly!).

Health Benefits

There are HUGE health benefits attached to Avocado oil (see the Health Benefits of Avocado Oil in BE).

The oil also makes the GAPS food list, which is a meal plan designed to help heal digestive disease, neurological issues, reduce inflammation and heal autoimmune conditions. The GAPS diet incorporates simple and pure foods for the body to digest so that the gut can heal and recover completely.

The Science Bit 
It is loaded with nutrition, most notably in its fat content. One tablespoon of avocado oil contains about 124 calories and 14 grams of fat, which is 21 percent of the recommended daily fat intake. Although that fat percentage might seem high, these are considered healthy fats. Avocados don’t contain any cholesterol or trans fats and are rich in vitamin E.