How many varieties of avocados there are?
There are more than 400 varieties of avocado, but Hass has become the most popular in the United States. Named after postal worker Rudolph Hass, who purchased the seedling in 1926 from a California farmer, the distinctive purplish-black fruit has a thicker skin and smaller body than other varieties. Farmers found the Hass easier to cultivate, and its higher oil content and good nutty flavor appealed to consumers.
There are great tips on selection and storage with some good recipes on NPR... There was also a great avocado soup (cold recipe) on a Turkish blog, Zeytindali..I can't wait to try...
Here is the translation...
2 ripe avocados
Juice of one lime, or lemon
2 cups of vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste ( 1/4 teaspoon each)
cumin, cardamom or curry powder to taste
1 tablespoon of cilantro or parsley or both...greener the better...:)
2 tablespoons of greek yogurt or sour cream
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and chill for at least 2 hours. Let me know how you like it...