Mar 26, 2010

Testicle Tree - and a Recipe

Did you know that the Aztec word for avocado was ahuacatl, which means "testicle tree"? Nope. Neither did I.

But I did know about the nutritional benefits of avocados and as I was able to get 2 organic avo's for $2 at Taste Organics the other day (of course walking out with 6 for $6), I've been indulging and thought I'd share some known (but sometimes forgotten) facts with you.

- Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, and have the highest protein content of any fruit and contain more potassium than bananas.

- Avocados contain oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat (a GOOD FAT) that may help to lower cholesterol.

- One cup of avocado has 23% of the Daily Value for folate, a nutrient important for heart health. Folate is also very important for pregnant women. Just think; the shape of an avocado is the shape of a womans womb is it not? How long does it take for an avo to grow from seed to fruit? 9 months. How long does it take for a baby to grow? ... Interesting hey...

- Avocados have significant quantities of tocopherols - which most of you would know as - vitamin E. Whenever I hear "vitamin E" I automatically think "beautiful skin". So mush one up and apply it to your skin. Absolute baby soft skin bliss will soon follow :)

- Blissing out on some avo in your salad will greatly increase your body's ability to absorb the health-promoting carotenoids that vegetables provide.

Um.. haha ok... What the hell are carotenoids? Simply put; they're pigments. And they are largely responsible for the red, yellow, and orange color of fruits and vegetables, but are also found in many dark green vegetables. They are known to protect your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, provide a source of vitamin A (needed for clear skin), enhance the functioning of your immune system, and help your reproductive system to function properly.

Since carotenoids are lipophilic (literally, fat-loving, which means they are soluble in fat, not water), consuming carotenoid-rich foods (think carrots, apricots, mangoes, squash, and sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, and collard greens, tomatoes, guava, and pink grapefruit) along with monounsaturated-fat-rich avocado might enhance their bioavailability.

But enough with the facts, here's my RECIPE!!

Silky Lemon Mousse

I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to name this creation as nothing sounded very appealing. So here we have "Silky Lemon Mousse" and you'll just have to take my word for it. It's quick. It's super easy. It tastes so good and it a guilt-free delicious, decadent, eye-candy of a dessert.

You'll need:

1 avocado (cut into chunks)
1 lemon (juice only)*
6 medjool dates (soaked)*
5 tbsp date water (that is the water you soaked your dates in)

BLEND until smooth and creamy! Set in the fridge to thicken a little until ready to serve - or if you cant wait, dig in straight away like I did! Dish it into pretty little dishes or bowls and garnish with a small date and some sliced lemon rind!


* Try lime juice in place of lemon for a tangy lime mousse.
* If you dont want to use dates or have none, try 1/4 cup agave syrup or even honey... or if you want something with less sugar, feel free to try Stevia or Yacon Syrup.


  1. Christie, your blog was a perfect way to spend my morning. I love the "testicle" tree and the recipe...but your energy and spirit is what really motivated me to keep reading! I love your amazing positivity and vibe!!! Keep up the wonderful work (and delish treats...)

  2. Love your Blog, love reading and learning all about food - and your passion for food is contageous - thank you!!! I especially loved reading your findings about the avocado and folate and the connection to the shape of an avocado being the shape of a womans womb, and like a baby it takes an avocado 9 months - must be the fact that I sooooooo can't wait to have my own baby, so I am constantly drawn to anything to do with babies. I love seeing your recipes on your Blog (another thank you for sharing) and am keen to make this avocado recipe - looks fabulous!!

  3. I make raw vegan chocolate mousse with avos and cocoa powder
    and your recipe just looks great, too!

    testicle tree LOVE THAT!!!

  4. haha thanks averie... i thought id make a few peeps have a giggle.
    thanks for ur recipe link, iv made that before - infact have some in the fridge! ooo i might just go get some :)