While grocery shopping at Walmart the other day, I noticed this . . .
Always looking to save myself a few calories and fat grams, I thought I'd give a try. Upon doing a bit of online research on the "SlimCado", I read quite a bit of mixed reviews. A lot of people who disliked it described the flavor as being bland and not very "avocadoy" tasting, with a watery textured flesh.
The SlimCado is grown in Florida, and marketed by Brooks Tropicals of Homestead. Brooks has been growing the SlimCado since 1928, and they've been selling the fruit under the "SlimCado" name since 1987. It has not been genetically altered in any way, according to a Brooks marketing director. It is a Florida avocado. The humid Florida climate is what makes it different then a California grown Hass avocado.
Brooks claims they are not necessarily trying to compete with a Hass avocado. They admit that they're fruit is better to be sliced on salads or soups, or made into sandwich spreads. If you're wanting to make a bowl of creamy, or in my case chunky, guacamole, you would prefer a Hass avocado.
Wish I'd read that statement yesterday before I attempted to make guacamole.
After making my version of guacamole, I would have to agree with that descriptions I'd read online. Oh, it's not terrible tasting, but it certainly doesn't have that creamy almost buttery-like texture of a Hass avocado.
My review of the SlimCado . . . eh . . .
Let's put it this way, I won't be in a big rush to run out and buy another any time soon.
Now, here's the strange thing, you notice Brooks' claim on the label up there states 35% fewer calories and 50% less fact then a regular avocado. I went to Brooks' website, where they list the nutritional info as 1/2 a fruit having 145 calories and 10.5 fat grams. Then I went to the Hass Avocado Board's website called Avocado Central where they're nutritional listing has 1/5 of a medium fruit having 50 calories and 4.5 fat grams.
That would be 290 calories and 21 fat grams for a whole SlimCado, and
250 calories and 22.5 fat grams for a whole Hass.
Mmmm . . . that all just don't add up, does it?
So, if all those numbers are correct, I'm definitely sticking with the Hass!
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