Good Eats

Season 9 Episode 11

Curious Yet Tasty Avocado Experiment

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 02, 2005 on Food Network
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Alton studies the avocado and discovers some surprising avocado treats. Recipes featured in this episode: Avocado Compound Butter, Avocado Ice Cream, Avocado Buttercream Frosting.
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      • The Aztecs used avocado to add fat to their lean meat selection of turkey, rabbit, dog and slugs.

      • In Zaire, a kind of beer called babine is brewed from avocado leaves.

      • Like cocoa butter, avocado is used in hundreds of different cosmetics.

      • All the millions of Hass avocados are from a single mother tree that recently died. It was planted as a sapling in the backyard of Rudolph Hass, a Whittier, California postman in 1926. Hass' avocados were so much better than everyone else's that he patented them in 1935.

      • When Cortez and his fellow explorers couldn't pronounce the Aztec word for avocado, they called it abogado, which in Spanish means lawyer. "Here's the beautiful irony," says Alton. "In Aztec, it doesn't mean lawyer...it means testicle."

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      • Spock
        At the end of the show, a blue-clad, pointed eared visitor appears. This is Spock, from Star Trek, a popular 1960's television show. References are made to logic, to the Vulcan salute, and to the Vulcan neck pinch, all elements of the character.

      • Witches float
        When discussing the floating avocado, the staff mentions witches, ducks and very small rocks among the things that float. All three items refer to a famous Monty Python sketch from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

      • Red Leader
        Alton's producer calls himself Red Leader early in the show. Red Leader led one of the two X-Wing groups who assaulted the Death Star in Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope".

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