This is the first ever National Avocado Day. I’ll share what the National Day of Calendar tells us so you can get an idea of how one of these national days is “born”.

Model Meals founded National Avocado Day at the peak of California avocado season, on July 31. Model Meals is a meal delivery service established in 2015 by Camille May and professional curve model Danika Brysha. The company works with local organic growers and farmers to create whole food-focused menus, encouraging sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. Whole30 approved, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly, a huge part of the Model Meals lifestyle is avocados, whether that’s in a dish or to have on the go. Danika and Camille famously carry “purse avocados” for a midday dose of healthy fat and vitamins. Model Meals is even gearing up to launch a service specifically for avocado delivery called AvocaGO. Obviously passionate about this superfood, Model Meals wanted to celebrate it to the fullest, and the idea to create its own holiday was born.

I happen to be one of those people who like this green fruit. I love going to lunch with my quilting friends because they order a salad and ask for the avocado on the side, so I get extra servings. I think it’s also good in omelets, made into guacamole and served with chips, or just about any other way. I have to admit, I have never used it on the outside of my body as a skin cream, though I know people that have.

I recently read an article on how to tell when a Hass avocado is ripe. If the stem bump is medium brown that is when you want to eat the fruit. I also learned that you can keep avocados in the fridge. They store better when chilled so you can buy a bag-full and use them more slowly. I know a young lady that uses them in her breakfast smoothies to create a more smooth texture to her drink. That sounds wonderful to me though I know it’s the texture that drives others away.

When I visit California and Florida I enjoy ordering different dishes that utilize the avocado. (Probably also  applies to southwestern states, but I haven’t been there.) Those locales use them on a regular basis because they grow in the warm climates. And yes, when I go to a Mexican restaurant, having guacamole is a must. Now if I could just find a restaurant in western New York state that served authentic Mexican meals instead of Americanized versions of them. I digress. The first National Avocado Day is all the reason I need to go to lunch just so I can have some.