Australia is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse nations. It’s therefore no surprise that Tracey Hart, our Customer Service Representative for Victoria and Tasmania has provided a recipe for Guacamole as an example of her favourite national dish of Australia. Tracey explained that Australia doesn’t have a ‘national dish’ as such. Australia utilises noteable cooking techniques which are more identifiable as Australian, such as barbecuing, and the nation is associated with fantastic seafoods, beef, lamb, and with fantastic fruits such as mangoes. At its core, Australia prides itself on the multiculturalism and this is reflected in the diverse cuisine and influences from home, Asia, Europe and South America to name but a few.
There is nothing Tracey’s family enjoys more than a hearty Mexican meal – what better accompaniment than a zingy bowl of guacamole, first developed by the Aztecs.
Interestingly, Australia is able to produce avocados all year round due to the range of growing climates. Australian consumption of avocados has been steadily increasing and per capita consumption is at about 3.2 kg per person (2016). Australian production is forecast to increase strongly, with 100,000 tonnes per annum expected to be produced by 2025. All good news for guacamole no doubt!
- 1 x avocado, mashed roughly.
- ½ x lime, juiced.
- Fresh coriander, chopped.
- Salt & pepper.
VARIATIONS if preferred and depending upon meal it is accompanying:
- Handful of assorted grape tomatoes; sliced in half or quarters.
- ½ x red onion; chopped finely.
- Chilli – either dried flakes; powder; or, for color & texure, 1 x fresh long red chilli sliced finely
- Mix all ingredients to taste – the more colour and texture the better – avoid using a blender!
- This can be made to be as fiery or cooling as you please with the added zing of lime.
Serve with tacos; fajitas; burritos; tostadas; nachos.