So it is pear time . . . or more precisely, avocado time (side note: ever wondered why Jamaicans call it pear?)
The flesh of the avocado has been variously described as oily, buttery, and creamy; it is chock full of nutrients including protein, vitamins, fiber, and potassium. And the debate rages on as to whether it is a fruit or a vegetable.
For some reason, I cannot tolerate avocado in my diet. Maybe this is directly attributable to the gluttony with which I once enjoyed the fruit (yes, I am calling it a fruit) during the halcyon days of my youth. I once consumed an entire pudd’n pan of the crop over two days, having collected them as they were dislodged from their lofty evergreen perch and tumbled to the ground like glorious manna.
But eureka! I have found other ways to enjoy the produce:
I drop of avocado essential oil in my body lotion does wonders for my skin.
Mashed avocado with a dollop of honey is my go-to 15 minutes face mask. And don’t it make my black skin glow!
For my dry, brittle hair, I make a deep conditioning treatment by adding olive oil, honey, and mayonnaise to mashed avocado then coat my hair from root to ends; I then cover my hair with a shower cap, then a warm towel and another shower cap or plastic bag. I leave on for thirty minutes then wash out with warm water. This treatment imparts lustrous sheen to my hair, and leaves it feeling oh-so-soft!
Yes, whether it’s a fruit or vegetable, the avocado is very versatile and you don’t have to eat it in order to derive health benefits.