As the cold season approaches, the markets are flooded with a new harvest. In Myanmar, the avocado season begins in October and ends in January. It is grown mainly in Shan State and Pyin Oo Lwin.
The direct translation of avocado in Burmese is “butter fruit” for its thick creamy flesh. Myanmar people usually have it as a juice blended with milk.
How to buy
Buying good avocados is tricky even for those who know. Caity from Kokkoya says: “It can be a guessing game as to when your avocado will be perfectly ripe and sometimes you will be unlucky and get a bad fruit. The best season for avocados is November to January. That is why some of the fruits in the market now (October) are not consistently high quality- the best fruit comes a little later in the year.”
Where to buy
Since it’s just the beginning of the harvest, avocados are not that abundant. Here’s some places where you can order online.
Go Green Myanmar
They sell avocados from Shan State. The price is Ks3,500/kg.
Call: 09 799 995650
Their avocados come from Inle. The price is Ks3,500/kg.
Call: 09 761 066802
They source avocados from Taunggyi. Available on their website at Ks2,500 for two.
Sein So Nyein Aye Organic Market
They have one of the best deals for avocados in town at Ks500 apiece.
Call: 09 252 503 197
Currently, avocados from Ywarngan, Shan State, are in stock at Ks500. From 19th Oct, Pyin Oo Lwin avocados will be available at Ks500, Ks700 and Ks1,000.
Call: 09 794 444107
How to prepare
There are different ways to enjoy this ubiquitous fruit. We asked our friends for the recipes so you have an idea of how to prepare avocado in meals.
Baked avocado with eggs
The first person appeared in my mind when I thought about avocado-based meals was Kye Mon Lwin of OrganicValley. She loves food and cooking and shares creative recipes on Facebook often. She said she came across some recipes around avocado online and was inspired to try something. The result is simple yet healthy and delicious breakfast.
- 1 avocado, halved and seeded
- 2 large eggs
- Himalaya pink salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons mix of chopped fresh spring onion, diced tomato, grated cheese
- Chili Flakes for the spicy taste and aroma (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
2. Using a spoon, scoop out about two tablespoons of avocado flesh, or more, as needed, creating a small well in the center of each avocado.
3. Gently crack 1 egg, and slide it into the well, keeping the yolk intact. Repeat with remaining eggs; season with salt and pepper, mix of spring onion, diced tomato and grated cheese.
4. Place into oven and bake until the egg whites have set but the yolks are still runny, about 15-18 minutes.
… And voila!
Serve immediately. Sprinkle chili flakes, if desired.
“Eating vegetables doesn’t have to be boring” is what I thought whenever I saw recipe posts on Kokkoya Organics. For this season, Caity shared their favourite recipe for avocado salad.
- 1 avocado (chopped)
- 1 tomato (chopped)
- 1/2 onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 tbsp peanut oil
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt and Pepper to taste
In a salad bowl, combine all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Serve with black sesame sprinkled on top. Ta-da!
How do you like your avocado? Tell us in the comments!