It looks and tastes the same, but it is not an avocado from the farthest reaches of Mexico or Peru. Ecovado is good news from England.
In recent years, the most Instagrammable avocat toasts are all over cafes and restaurants across Europe and beyond. However, the avocado, with its high-water consumption for its harvest, and its importation from tropical countries, is a product with a very high carbon footprint. And the increasing demand for this fruit worldwide has recently resulted in massive deforestation in the producing countries to plant more and more avocado trees. That’s how ecovado and other alternatives have emerged.
Below are some ideas that might help us satisfy our avocado cravings in a more sustainable way.
What is an Ecovado?
A biodegradable and compostable wax skin (and therefore reusable as a candle!), a 100% natural flesh made of local products such as beans, hazelnuts, apples, rapeseed oil (grown in England, unlike olive oil for example) and for the seed, a nut or any other kind of peanut. Edible to the core, then.
Arina Shokouhi, a student at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, wanted to imitate the taste and texture of the fruit to offer an ecological alternative to the much-prized green fruit. To achieve this, she collaborated with a scientist from the University of Nottingham’s Food Innovation Centre. The visual appearance of the ecovado is stunning, as it looks exactly like an avocado. As for the taste, everything has been done to preserve its creamy side that we love so much.
Ecovado would be a solution to perhaps reduce imports of this „green gold“. An encouraging step towards eco-friendly food alternatives.
Another solution proposed by CrowdFarming
The crowdfarming.com platform allows you to adopt an organic fruit tree or buy boxes of organic food, to promote a limited and seasonal harvest. CrowdFarming is committed to delivering „fresh, quality produce, delivered without intermediaries, and which does not go through cold rooms that alter their taste.“ The farmer’s remuneration is also much better.
So why not adopt an avocado tree from Spain or even from Corsica and receive your case of avocados picked when ripe and shipped immediately for ideal consumption. The guarantee of not buying an avocado, picked before maturity, and coming straight from Latin America.
You can also adopt other fruit trees, such as a mango tree, and avoid having your tropical produce imported from too far away. Because every action counts.