Avocado Chronicles: 5 California’s iconic food

Continuing the avo roll, a brief pointer to earlier postings on the avocado as California’s iconic food, with its apotheosis in the California roll (inside-out hosomaki sushi with crab, cucumber, and avocado). Noting also that though avocados are a significant crop in California, avos (and their name, from Aztec / Nahuatl) originated in Mexico and most of the avocados consumed in California come from Mexico. Making the California roll a proudly cosmopolitan food — not specifically American, Japanese, or Mexican, but all at once, as well as a bit of culinary chamber music, a trio of contrasting tastes and textures (plus the nori, the sushi rice, and the sesame seeds).

Previously on this blog:

— from the 5/23/15 posting “California’s iconic fruit”:

The word California in the name of a food preparation usually signals avocados in it: various types of California salad have avocado chunks in them or an avocado dressing; a California burger has slices of avocado on it; a California roll is a sushi roll with cucumber, crab, and avocado in it; and a California club sandwich is some type of club sandwich with avocado slices in it (and often bacon and sometimes sprouts). Some photos [follow]: a California burger, California rolls [above], a California chicken club sandwich (avocado and bacon but no sprouts)

— in the 5/24/15 posting “More California food”: California eggs benedict (with avocado slices), California eggs (hash browns, avocado slices, and bacon bits, with green sauce), and the California grilled cheese sandwich (with avocado in it)

I should note here that plenty of people dislike the taste or the texture of avos or both. My daughter is one, so she must either avoid menu items with avocados in them or ask restaurants to de-Cal such dishes.

One Response to “Avocado Chronicles: 5 California’s iconic food”

  1. maxvasilatos Says:

    in my imagination, avocados won a sort of California Idol competition, where the California Raisins didn’t make it and can only look on at the spectacular success they’d hoped for

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