Sunday, November 29, 2015

Avocado with Roasted Peanuts and Agave Nectar (serves 2)

On places like Maui if you plant an avocado from a seed or young growth you may end up with a 30 foot tree with more fruits than you can ever eat. Our friends Sam and Frances have such a tree. Sam is a 96 year old WWII veteran with many interesting war stories. Every time we visit them he tells us about his world travel assignments. This visit Sam got a bit philosophical. He tells us that he plays solitaire to keep his mind sharp and he advises us to do what we enjoy because life is too short. He thinks that watching TV all day is very bad for the health. For years (on Maui) he worked on his garden daily up until recently. A task in which he found enjoyable.

Every time we visit them we always get some fresh avocados off their tree. These avocados are huge, about 1 1/2 times the size of the Haas. They are creamy and just so delicious. I can eat one or two every day and not get tired of them. If they are picked from the tree chances are they are not ripe yet. I usually put them in a bag in place for 3-4 days to speed up the ripening process. I would highly recommend checking on them daily or every 2 days for readiness to eat. If you forget they will rot and become moldy quickly, especially in the tropical heat and humidity. 

Here is a dessert using just 3 ingredients. Recently I roasted some peanuts and they are still fresh and crunchy. Use another kind of nut such as macadamia nuts if you prefer. A drizzle of agave nectar adds a nice sweetness that satisfies my taste buds. Add as much or as little of the peanuts and agave nectar as you wish. If you do not have agave nectar try adding honey or just raw sugar. This is a quick, tasty and healthy breakfast or snack.

Avocado with Roasted Peanuts and Agave Nectar (serves 2)

Ingredients:

Meat from 2 ripe large avocados
A few drizzles of agave nectar
About 1 1/2 Tbsp crushed Roasted Peanuts

Method:

Remove the meat from avocados, drizzle the agave nectar on top and sprinkle peanuts over everything.

avocados on tree
avocados
sunrise over Haleakala (2015)
Below are a few photos from one of the hikes that my husband and I took. This is known as Pipiwai Trail (in Kipahulu) to the 7 sacred pools. Along the hike we came across a large stretch of bamboo forest. It is beautiful but it is invading certain regions of Maui. Wherever you notice bamboo growing almost none of the other plants or trees can survive. This particular bamboo was planted years ago and is good for eating. It is not used for construction since it is too weak. According to one of the rangers, trekkers can harvest the bamboo shoots for consumption to help stall the invasion. The best bamboo shoot season is around April. Be sure to boil the bamboo to rid of the toxins before eating. This same ranger tells me he boils it twice and then soaks it in cold water to firm up. He tells me he keeps a stock of the prepared shoots in the freezer until ready to use. During this hike we encountered a fairly large banyan tree in the middle of our path. It's not as impressive as the tree in Lahaina but it's still quite amazing. At the end of the hike we were rewarded with a 400-foot waterfall. That is by far the tallest waterfall that I have ever seen. Despite the rain for most of our hike, the overall trail is still pretty spectacular. Be sure to bring some mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and plenty of water! If you get hungry there are some wild fruits such as coffee cherries and guavas you can eat along the way.

bamboo forest
that's me with the banyan tree
400-foot Waimoku Falls

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