The biggest avocado day of the year is coming up in May and the California Avocado Commission is encouraging foodservice operators to think ahead and make the most of Cinco de Mayo.

Celebrations on and around May 5 contribute to peak usage of the fruit, according to a news release from the commission, and are a good opportunity for foodservice operations to introduce a variety of recipes using avocados. Recipes are available on the commission’s foodservice page.

In addition to unique flavor, avocados have nearly 20 nutrients, and a relatively small serving packs a big punch. According to the commission’s website, one-fifth of a medium avocado constitutes a serving and provides a number of vitamins plus monosaturated fat, fiber and protein.

Avocados also serve as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, according to the California Avocado Commission.

Avocados aren’t just for guacamole