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How to Choose an Avocado

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Avocados are a nutritious product that are the main ingredient of numerous dishes and snacks. But it’s incredibly disappointing when you cut the avocado you’ve just bought to make guacamole only to find out that it’s all mushy and brown inside. To avoid this situation, 5-Minute Crafts came up with a guide on how to spot the perfect avocado right away.

Step 1. Determine when you’re going to eat the avocado.

Since avocados differ in ripeness, plan in advance when you’re going to eat them. You can buy several different avocados according to your schedule, and they’ll become ready-to-eat over the next couple of days. For example, you can get a firm green unripe avocado 4-5 days before you’re going to eat it and keep this fruit in your kitchen, waiting for it to become ripe.

Just be careful and make sure it won’t become ripe too quickly. If you notice that the ripening process is happening too fast, just put the fruit in the refrigerator.

Step 2. Pay attention to the color of the avocado’s skin.

If you want to pick a ready-to-eat avocado, go for the fruits whose skin is darker than the others. These avocados may be riper than the avocados with greener skin.

  • A bright green color means that the avocado is likely to take 4-5 days to ripen.
  • A darker color with a green tint means that the avocado is likely to become ripe in 1-2 days. In this case, it’s better to gently squeeze the avocado to check how soft it is, because relying only on the color may not be 100% accurate.
  • A dark color means that the avocado is ready to eat. But it’s better to gently squeeze the avocado first to check and make sure it’s not mushy, because relying only on the color may not be enough.
  • A very dark color with deep indentations means that the avocado is overripe.

Keep in mind that there are many different types of avocados and some of them stay green even after they’ve ripened. The tips mentioned above work for Haas avocados. If you’re choosing another type of avocado, check first to see what color the avocados should be when they’re ripe.

Step 3. Check the stem.

Try to remove the small stem from the fruit and check what you see under it:

  • If the stem comes off easily and the avocado underneath it is green, this means that the fruit is ripe and ready to eat.
  • If the stem doesn’t come off easily, the avocado is likely to be underripe.
  • If the stem comes off easily but the avocado underneath it is dark brown, the fruit is overripe.

Step 4. Gently squeeze the avocado.

Note: Don’t apply too much pressure, so you don’t bruise the fruit.

Take an avocado in your hand and gently squeeze it to determine the ripeness:

  • If the avocado is firm, it’ll take 4-5 days to ripen.
  • If the avocado feels softer but can still stand some pressure, it’s likely to take 1-2 days to ripen.
  • If the avocado is soft but not mushy, it’s ready to eat.
  • If the avocado is mushy, it’s overripe.
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