We’ve come a long way from just eating to survive.. and since playing with food was always fun, why not prettily arrange it into a flower? Now the avocado rose has been trending all over social media and although I have showed it on my Snapchat several times people still message me about how to do it. So I decided to share it here and help you to pimp your pasta bowl, salad, brunch table or avocado toast into an “almost-too-beautiful-to-eat” dish.
1. Pick the perfect Avocado:
You’ll need to find an avocado that is not too hard, but also not too soft. Ripe avocados are easy to peel while with an unripe fruit, the peel will just stick to the flesh instead of lifting right off. BUT, if you select one that is overly ripe, the avo will be too soft and mushy, making it difficult to finely slice. Give hard avocados a couple more days, use the really ripe ones for yummy guacamole. A slightly soft avocado, that had just recently ripened is your best bet for making an avocado rose.
2. Cutting, peeling & slicing:
As a cutting surface it’s best to choose a plate, so you can easily slide the fragile art piece onto your target. Cut the avocado lengthwise into halves and remove the pit. Peel the halves and place them on the plate with the cut side down. One avocado half is enough for one avocado rose. Thinly slice the half as shown above. The more slices you manage to fit into one avocado half the more petals the avocado rose will have.
3. Fan out and roll it in
Fan out the slices into a long line, then start rolling them in from one side. When it’s all rolled up slightly press the petals down for them to fan out into a flower a little more.
Finally, you can add herbs and spices like garlic salt, cracked black pepper, chili flakes, black sesame seeds, hemp seeds, or drizzle it with olive oil or lemon juice… The possibilities are endless. Scroll further down to learn more about some of the benefits of avocados.
- Yes, avocados are relatively high in fat, but they’re also one of the best foods you can eat. They contain more potassium than bananas, folate (also called folic acid) – a key prenatal nutrient which produces and maintains new cells and vitamins K, C, B5, B6 and E ! ..and many more 😉
- Not only do they increase antioxidant absorption from other fruit & vegetables (so add them to your salads & smoothies!), they are also high in antioxidants themselves.
- Avocados are high in fiber, an indigestible plant matter that can help reduce blood sugar spikes, contribute to weight loss and is strongly linked to a lower the risk of many diseases.
- Avocados and avocado oil are high in monounsaturated oleic acid, a “heart healthy” fatty acid, that activates the part of your brain that makes you feel full. Oleic acid has been linked to reduced inflammation and been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer (here some links to scientific articles 7, 8, 9, 10)