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Saint Patrick's Day

Celebrate all things Green with Hass Avocados this St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day Shamrocks with Hass Avocados.

Whether you're celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, or if you're just "Irish for a Day", there's plenty of fun to be had this Saint Patrick's Day. Why not throw a party? Invite some friends over, serve up your favorite green beverage, wear your green and eat it too with Hass Avocados. Be keen on green with the tips below, try our quiz and savor some delicious St. Patrick's Day recipes.

 

St. Patrick's Day Entertaining Tips

Think Green Party Tips:

  • Green is a given color base for any St. Patrick's Day celebration, but rather than focusing on one color of green, try weaving multiple shades of green or gold into your decorative palette. You can add greenery you have available in your yard to a bouquet or purchase seasonal greenery as a centerpiece to accent your table.
  • More reasons to celebrate - playing on the traditional leprechaun pot of gold theme, you can host a raffle or a fundraiser for your favorite charity as an added feature to your celebration. Ask guests to give their "gold" for a good cause when they enter. Or as an added bonus, tape guest names to coins in a pot to be drawn for a door prize at the end of the event.

Delicious Recipe Ideas:

  • The natural green color of Hass Avocados makes them an ideal St. Patrick's Day food. Not only does the creamy texture and delectable taste blend well with Irish staples such as lamb and potatoes, the versatility of the green fruit lends itself to a variety of St. Patrick's Day party dishes from salads to appetizers to guacamole.
  • Guacamole is an easy green addition to your holiday menu but have you ever tried it on potatoes? Try adding a baked potato bar to your festive celebration, you can have a variety of fixings including delicious Hass Avocado guacamole.

St. Patrick's Day Quiz

No Blarney. See if you can answer these questions about St. Patrick's Day and Ireland (and win a couple of bar bets, too).

1.  True or False, St. Patrick was Irish.

2.  True or False, St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.

3.  True or False, St. Patrick was born on March 17.

4.  True or False, The shamrock was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland.

5.  True or False, Up until the 1970s, Irish laws required that pubs be closed on St. Patrick's Day.

6.  Where was the first St. Patrick's Day Parade held in America?7.  Which American City is famous for dyeing its river green?8.  Which of these instruments is not traditionally associated with Irish music?9.  What does Erin Go Bragh mean?10.  True or False, Leprechauns have always been associated with St. Patrick and St. Patrick's
       Day dating back to old Celtic tradition.

a) Boston b) New York c) Philadelphia

a) Chicago b) Boston c) Minneapolis

a) Tin whistle b) Fiddle c) Bag Pipes

a) I Love Ireland b) Kiss me, I'm Irish c) Ireland Forever

St. Patrick's Day Recipes:

Grilled Irish Beer Marinated Beef Medallions with Goat Cheese topped Tomatoes and Crab-Avocado Vinaigrette Recipe
Grilled Irish Beer Marinated Beef Medallions with Goat Cheese topped Tomatoes and Crab-Avocado Vinaigrette Recipe
Classic Guacamole Recipe
Classic Guacamole Recipe
Lucky Irish Twice Baked Potatoes
Lucky Irish Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe
Dublin Bay Prawns with an Avocado Tartar Sauce and Seared Potato Bread Cake
Dublin Bay Prawns with an Avocado Tartar Sauce and Seared Potato Bread Cake Recipe

Answers

1.  False. He was born in Britain near the end of the fourth century. At 16 he was captured by
     Irish raiders and transported to Ireland.

2.  False. There were never any snakes in Ireland. This legend may allude to Patrick driving
     the pagan Druids out of power.

3.   False. March 17 commemorates Patrick's death in 461.

4.   True. The shamrock, which was also called the "seamroy" by the Celts, was a sacred plant
      in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring.

5.   True. The law was changed to capitalize on tourism.

6.   The answer is B. In 1762. Irish soldiers serving in English military marched through New
      York City. The parade helped them reconnect with their Irish roots.

7.   The answer is A. This Chicago tradition began in 1962.

8.   The answer is C. Bag pipes are a Scots instrument.

9.   The answer is C. Erin go Bragh means literally "till doomsday" or "Ireland Forever".

10.   False. Leprechauns were minor figures in Celtic folklore but they originally had nothing to
       do with St. Patrick's Day, a Catholic holy day. The iconic friendly leprechaun is purely an
       American invention.