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In episode 3 of My Market Kitchen, Hort Innovation’s Research and Development Manager, Dietitian and Nutritionist Jemma O’Hanlon stops by Prahran markets to make a luscious chocolate avocado mousse. We also pay a visit to Katrina and Tim Myers of Barham Avocados who share their insights into how avocados are grown, explore the world-class innovation in operation at the farm and reveal how the levy-funded Avocado industry best practice guide comes in handy when managing their avocado trees.
Recipe: Chocolate avocado mousse
Flesh of 1 ripe Australian avocado
6 Medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup cacao powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt
¼ cup fresh Australian raspberries
1 tsp cacao nibs (optional)
1 sprig of fresh Australian mint
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth, thick and glossy. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the processor in between blending.
- Refrigerate prior to serving and serve with fresh raspberries, some cacao nibs and a sprig of mint.
Tip: Prepare this recipe in advance and store in the fridge. Serve with 2 spoons, dig in with your partner and enjoy a romantic dessert together.
- Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats which help to reduce our cholesterol, they are also packed with folate for a healthy pregnancy and are the perfect first food for new babies.
- Avocados are rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and E, and other nutrients like vitamin K, and niacin, which supports brain health and our nervous system.
Meet the growers from this episode
Katrina and Tim Myers – Barham, NSW
Katrina Myers’ family has been involved in the farming industry for four generations. Forty years ago, Katrina’s grandmother, donated money to Katrina’s parents to plant the first avocado trees at Horseshow Bend, their 800-hecatre family farm just outside the small town of Barham. Over the past 10 years, Katrina and her husband Tim have developed it into a fully productive farm, producing several avocado varieties and other associated products under the Barham Avocados brand.
Investing in the future of the avocado industry
Hort Innovation invests levy contributions from the avocado industry, together with Australian Government contributions in the case of R&D, into Hort Innovation Avocado Fund initiatives to improve and grow the industries.
You can read about these investments in R&D at the Avocado Fund grower pages.