How to Choose a Ripe Avocado next time you are at the Store?

August 11, 2015 | By More

how to choose a ripe avocado - thumbnailOne of my readers recently asked me how to identify if an avocado is ripe or not? (or even worse, it is over ripe.) So I decided to make a video to answer that question and share a few tricks I’ve got under my sleeve. Seriously, watch the video all the way to the end and you will never struggle to remove an avocado’s pit ever again. Also, on this page you will find an article with a written summary of the video for those of you who like to read.

Knowing if an avocado is ripe or not is very important, because if you need an avocado for tonight; but choose one that is not ripe, you will not be able to use it, you will have to wait. If you choose one that is over ripe, you will have to throw it away (and they are not cheap!) So, I purchased two avocados for this video, and they are very small at this time of the year I must admit. I think it might just be a seasonal thing. I got these organic avocados at our local Co-op and I have deliberately tried to select one that is not ripe, and one that is ripe. I also tried to find an over ripe one, and even asked the produce manager but they didn’t have any.

How do you know if an avocado is over ripe?

You can always tell if they are over ripe when they are really squishy and they have air pockets. In that case, don’t pick them. You are more than likely to cut them open and find out that they are all brown and disgusting inside, leaving you no other option but to throw them out. Out of the two avocados I selected for this video, the one I am holding using my left hand (on the right side of the image from your point of view), it’s easy to tell it is not ripe. As you can see, it is a quite green when compared with the other one, and the consistence is very firm (you can’t feel that from the video, but you get the idea.) That one will need to wait for a few days before it is ready to be eaten. You can see an image of how it looks over here: How to choose a ripe avocado green The second avocado I believe, is perfectly ripe inside and only cutting it in half will tell. The way that you tell (before cutting it) is by feel, which is something you learn over time, but initially, until you get that feel try gripping the avocado with your hand. Don’t go poking them all over the place, all that does is just bruise them for the next person that comes along. Instead, just cup the avocado in your hand, and with your thumb, very gently press on the end there (as seen on this image): telling if an avocado is ripe If it feels slightly soft you’ve got a very good chance the avocado is perfect. So, let’s put this one to the test by cutting it in half and seeing how it comes up. How to choose a ripe avocado ripe As you can see in the image, the avocado is ripe and looks perfect. In fact, this is what a ripe avocado should look like inside: showing a ripe avocado It should also be creamy and delicious. Being soft enough for you to carve it out using a spoon. Now, while we are at it. If you want to know how to get the pit out of an avocado without destroying it, this is what you need to do. First, you get a sharp knife, and very carefully (make sure you’ve got a good aim), hold the avocado and hit the pit with the sharp side of your blade so that the knife makes a dent on the pit. This is what this step should look like (careful with your hands!) using a knife to take the pit of an avocado out Then, twist the knife and the pit comes right out and you are left with a perfect avocado half that looks like this: how to use a knife to take the pit of an avocado out   So, ready to try it? After learning this making guacamole will be much easier huh? You can learn a delicious avocado recipe over here: Avocado and Goat’s Cheese on Toast If you liked this article, please share it with your friends and family on Facebook, and if you have a question, share it below these lines so we can get the conversation started. . .

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