Avocados are delicious, versatile, and packed with vitamins and minerals that provide a multitude of health benefits from strengthening immunity, to muscle development and promoting bone and cardiovascular health. Buttery avocado is a wonderful addition to sandwiches and salads and of course, without it there would be no guacamole. Avocados are thought to have originated in the state of Puebla, Mexico, however, the latest culinary trend involving this fruit comes to us from much further south than that neighboring country. The so-called “avocado smash” appears to be a culinary trend which started down under in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney. Typically served in cafes for breakfast, at its simplest the dish involves partially mashed avocado mixed with feta cheese spread on a thick slice of toast, doused with lemon juice and seasoned with red pepper flakes and salt. It’s kind of one of those “why didn’t I think of that” things, so simple but with so many possibilities. The first one I had was from a coffee shop right downstairs from where I work in Manhattan called Bluestone Lane. It’s a little like a Starbucks that serves up coffee drinks with an Australian twist. My favorite, called a flat white, is a double shot of espresso topped with a creamy microfoam. At Bluestone Lane you can have your smash just with the avocado/feta mixture or with the addition of chopped cherry tomatoes or prosciutto. In fancier cafes in Melbourne, you can find “smashed av” as it is known there, topped with smoked salmon, poached eggs and bacon, or with blood orange segments, almonds, radish and basil, or with charred corn, chili oil and quinoa tabbouleh, among many others. At Bluestone Lane they spread the avocado on thick pieces of whole wheat toast, but some cafes serve it on a toasted sourdough baguette or even gluten free bread. If you are an avocado lover like me, once you try this you’ll be hooked–it’s delicious, quick, easy and healthy–what could be better?