You may be famiiar with the health properties of good old olive oil, but have you tried its equallty nutritious alternative, avocado oil?

Avocado oil, derived from the avocado fruit rather than its seed, boasts some unusual and uniquely healthy properties. It takes 15 to 20 avocados to make one 250ml bottle of oil!  Avocado oil is high in vitamin E and unsaturated fats and contains more protein than any other fruit and more potassium than a banana. It lowers cholesterol and is good for your heart, boosts your eye health, and helps your body absorb important nutrients. The vitamin E in avocado oil also makes it an ideal beauty product!

The flavor of avocado oil is clean and mild, with a lovey buttery texture. It tastes more neutral than olive oil, especially once it's cooked. Avocado oil is meant for medium-high heat use. That means you can use it to sauté and bake, but you can't deep fry with it.

Next time you reach for that bottle of olive oil, try making your dish with avocado oil instead. Enjoy its pure flavour in homemade salad dressings and dips, or drizzle it over your dishes just before serving for an additional touch of creaminess. You can even use avocado oil in your regular beauty routine – try it as a leave-in conditioner or skin moiturizer, or even as a diaper rash cream or home remedy for eczema!

Once opened, a bottle of avocado oil will stay fresh for six months, so it's a good idea to label it with the date it was opened. Store the bottle in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

For more ideas on what to do with your avocado oil, check out these 27 suggestions from Nutrition Secrets.