In Hawai’i, poke is a popular salad and ubiquitous snack. Riding on the wave of a booming trend, poke is now a widespread item on mainland menus, from supermarket foodservice to quick service to white tablecloth restaurants. Poke traditionally starts with cubes of ultra-fresh tuna or other seafood, but variations abound, including versions enhanced with chunks, cubes or slices of delectable Fresh California Avocados.
Freshness is the key to poke and to California Avocados. Both depend on availability (poke on prime ingredients, Fresh California Avocados on season), and chefs rely on both for menu versatility. Poke preparations make perfect palettes for Fresh California Avocados. The smooth texture of Fresh California Avocado cubes offer an ideal foil for fish tossed with soy sauce, green onions and sesame oil. A more simple approach, which also appeals to vegetarians, is California Avocado and Mango Poke, a refreshing appetizer or salad that uses traditional poke seasonings to accent the fruit-forward flavor profiles.
For more on-trend recipe ideas featuring Fresh California Avocados, like Roasted Unagi with California Avocado Sushi and Salmon and Brown Rice .