This tasty and nutritious fruit is a fantastic, almost complete food, full of the antioxidant vitamins K, A, C and E, folate and potassium, some protein and – particularly important for babies and children – it is packed with essential fatty acids in the form of monounsaturated fats. It is the perfect first food for babies because it is easily digestible, unlikely to be allergenic and children love its creamy texture and mild taste. It can be spooned directly from its skin, or added to berries and yogurt to make a smoothie.

Tips and Tricks

Select the softest avocados for babies, who don’t like hard pieces. Spoon a soft avocado right from the skin by cutting an avocado lengthways and removing the seed. Alternatively, add it to yogurt and fruit to make a smoothie. See below for recipe links!

A tip for adolescent girls who are not (yet) a big fan of the green fruit: avocado is known to be excellent for older children and teenagers as it stimulates the production of collagen, helps banishing acne and encourages tight, clear skin. It is also good for expectant mothers due to its high nutrient content, especially folate and EFAs. Avocado has recently been shown to increase the absorption of key nutrients lycopene and beta-carotene by up to 400%, most likely because high in EFAs.

Fun facts to share with your children

The avocado is also known as the Alligator Pear, reflecting its shape and its leather-like skin.

Avocado is “ahuacatl” in Aztec.

Avocados are the fruit from Persea americana, an extremely tall tree, which grows up to 65 feet in height. Children who are not keen to try avocado might be more interested if you encourage them to draw an avocado tree and eat the magic fruits which fall off!

Seasonal eating

There are so many different types of avocado and different regions for cultivating them that avocados are available all year round. California Haas avocados are generally considered to be in season from spring to autumn.

Recipe links

Avocado & strawberry smoothie