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Florida Avocadoes “Super” Satisfying from Kickoff to Afterglow

January 30, 2013

If you are like us, you are eagerly anticipating  Superbowl XLVII.  Raven or 49er fans have one thing in common: We need to be  laying in the supplies for the party right now. Here at the FDACS Division of Plant Industry, we’re making sure to have on hand a Florida fruit that spells Pure Deliciousness, the Florida avocado.

The good news is, Florida avocadoes are in season and plentiful. The bad news is our avocado trees are under attack from laurel wilt. a tree-killing disease caused by a fungus carried by the redbay ambrosia beetle. FDACS DPI  launched the “Save the Guac” program to remind folks to obtain host plants only from registered nurseries and reminding them to use firewood from local sources (“ Don’t Move Firewood”). Firwood can transfer harmful insects and diseases, like the redbay ambrosia beetle, endangering avocado and other trees.

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Unusual and Delicious! Avocado truffles will fuel your Superbowl festivities! (Photo belongs to whatscookingamerica.net)

But back to planning that Superbowl party. Guacamole may be the first avocado dish to come to mind, and it’s certainly an easy delicious option. But you may want to get creative and add some beans and such to make this Florida Avocado Dip! This treat will turn a stuffy shindig into a feisty fiesta! You can serve traditional tortilla chips or (a crowd favorite), black bean chips, to scoop this scrumptious spread. Bet you can’t eat just one!

Food Network personality Guy Fieti offers an American spin on a traditional  Asian favorite. These Chicken Avocado Egg Rolls will keep your guests coming back for more. This recipe, which makes about 12 egg rolls, takes a little time so have fun with it! You can dip the eggrolls in sweet and sour sauce, sweet chili sauce, or just savor the flavors of the eggroll alone. Crunchy, salty, savory – there definitely won’t be any leftovers tonight!

Here are two other delicious options for supersnacking: Avocado Spinach Dip and Potato Skins with Guac .

 Later in the day, your guests will be hankering for something sweet.  Avocado Chocolate Truffle should fill the bill. These bite-size morsels are rich with chocolate and packed with the nutritional value of Florida grown avocados. A coat of powdered sugar to top them off and your guests will “pck off” these bad boys left and right!

Of course, if you are a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist you might just want to go for some fresh guacamole or guacamole dip after all.

Whatever dishes you choose, enjoy your guac-enhanced Superbowl Sunday and help spread the word to protect Florida’s avocado industry. Get your very own “Save the Guac” bumper sticker from DPI right here! And, watch and share this video about laurel wilt in Florida.

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