Peak Season Picks

Peak Season Picks
Avocados!

When are avocados in season? The growing season is February through September with the peak season being summer. In fact one tree in the summer produces about 500 avocados.
How healthy are avocados? They are a very heart healthy fruit. Yes, they are considered a fruit and not a vegetable. Avocados are high in protein and provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, making avocados a powerful superfood!
How do I store an avocado after it has been cut? The best way to store them so they do not turn brown is to squeeze lemon juice over the top and then wrap the avocado in plastic wrap or store it in a tightly covered container.
What are some fun ways to use avocados in recipes? Avocados are great in veggie wraps, soups, salads, sandwiches and even in smoothies and ice cream!

 
Pair it with these!
Matua Sauvignon Blanc Bursting with citrus notes with a hint of grapefruit and basil. The palate is fresh and vibrant with concentrated blackcurrant leaf and a hint of nettle and refreshing green melon.
1 loaf French bread, cut into thin slices
2 CA avocados
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 oz. goat cheese
2 tbsp. fresh pesto
1 lemon, juiced
4 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto
salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the sliced bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toast the bread in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool. In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese and pesto until evenly combined. Spoon a small spoonful on each of the crostinis and spread it on the bread. In another small bowl. mash together the avocado and lemon juice. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Place a little spoonful on top of the goat cheese crostinis followed by a small piece of the prosciutto Dust the tops with freshly cracked black pepper and serve immediately.
Why it pairs perfectly The sweet and salty richness of this dish pairs best with wines that have a touch of sweetness, plenty of acidity and bold fruit – perfect for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Such as Matua.

 

 

 

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