Still Life with Wine, Cake, and Nuts by Raphaelle Peale

ArtBites - The Huntington's Avocado Groves and an Avocado Coconut Sorbet

Menu from a 1927 meeting of the Annual California Avocado Association at the Ambassador HotelThe avocado is one of the few fruits that doesn’t ripen on the tree but starts to soften after it is plucked from the branch. This is a great benefit to farmers because they can be harvested when convenient. Avocados can hang on a tree for 16 months or longer.

Avocado Coconut Sorbet Recipe 
2/3 cup simple syrup
3 ripe avocados
One 14-ounce can coconut milk
1/4 cup lime juice

Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. And let reduce by half. Let cool completely and measure out 2/3 cup.

In a blender, combine the avocado flesh, coconut milk, lime juice and simple syrup. Puree until smooth.

Transfer to a plastic or metal container and freeze for 3 to 4 hours while stirring the chunks of ice with a fork every 30 minutes or so.

Makes 1 pint

Recipe courtesy of Maite Gomez-Rejón