Cute Avocado Blankets that Make Great Gifts
Our favorite little fruit (yes, fruit) has found its way into home decor. And we couldn’t be happier about it.
Ready to get avo-cozy? We have just the thing.
The brand name of this duvet and pillowcase may be “Lamejor” but this set is anything but lame. You know what else isn’t lame? The amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats avocados contain. A whopping 5 grams of ’em per one-third of a medium-sized fruit.
Just like a real avocado, this photo-realistic blanket version goes from dark green peel, to bright green flesh, to lighter green flesh, and finally to pale yellow near the pit. In the fruit version, these colors come from chlorophyll (the same stuff that makes plant leaves green and that converts sunlight into plant food) and a whole bunch of strange-sounding but healthy phytonutrients including lutein, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, neoxanthin, violaxanthin, zeaxanthin and antheraxanthin. Yum!
The best throw blankets are super silky-soft, often made from microfiber. If you want the best avocado, though, don’t go for a super-soft one at the grocery store. It’s best to buy them when they barely “give” when pressed with a thumb, then let them ripen for a day or two in a paper bag on your kitchen counter. A too-hard avocado is an astringent, toothsome disappointment; a too-soft one is a bitter mush.
An avocado-shaped security blankie isn’t the only way a baby can benefit from the green stuff. Mashed avocado makes an ideal and very popular baby food, often mixed with a little formula or breast milk with the kiddos are super young. And unlike other fruits and veggies, which must be pureed in a blender or food processor, all it takes is a fork to make it smooth enough to serve.
The manufacturers recommend washing this blanket first before using it—never a bad idea with any item intended for use with babies, who explore just about everything they can get their hands on with their mouths. It’s also a good idea to wash real avocados before using them. Even though you won’t eat the outer skin, the knife you use to cut them open can introduce bacteria from the peel into the flesh when you slice through. So give your fruit a quick rinse every time.