“Peas instead of avocados for a version of guacamole. Avocados are not that sustainable right now: air miles, deforestation and drug cartels muscling in on farmers whose profits soar as the world demand for avocados goes through the roof.” [Cool Chile]
Illegal clearcutting for the planting of avocado orchards – one of Mexico’s most lucrative crops – is destroying the pine forest habitats of the monarch butterfly.
As the Observer noted recently, though, the avocado might finally be edged off the organic sourdough by a new topper:
The Hass avocado, so beloved in the UK, is mainly grown in central and south America. Mexico is the largest producer. So these fruits have a long journey to your brunch table, and research shows drug cartels and gangs have become involved in the avocado trade.
And today’s Telegraph urges us to forget avocados, there’s a new toast topping in town – namely the humble pea.
Here’s a good recipe from Cool Chile:
Peas instead of avocados for a version of guacamole. Avocados are not that sustainable right now; air miles, deforestation and drug cartels muscling in on farmers whose profits soar as the world demand for avocados goes through the roof. We can all take a little break from the avocado and try to use a local ingredient instead, in this case the pea! It is green and can mash similarly to the avocado. When you add the other guacamole ingredients, it can also taste very similar too. It does lack the fat that avocados have so a little olive oil helps.
This interest in an alternative to the avocado goes beyond the latest food fad, though, with some excellent comparison on avocado vs peas – and some brilliant infographics from Foodstruct’s In-Depth Nutrition Comparison: