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Easy Ways to Tell If an Avocado Is Ripe

Now, most of us have purchased a beautiful, firm avocado from the grocery store and picked out a few to take home only to find that one or two have turned from a dark green to a deep purplish black. You might have purchased these avocados thinking they were ripe only to discover that they felt mushy and were not as edible as they looked. A true ripe avocado will feel nice and firm, especially in comparison with other avocados of the same variety.

 

How to Pick a Perfect, Fresh Avocado

Buying a ripe avocado can be a daunting task. They're a bit delicate, a bit soft, and a bit green. Plus, they kind of smell weird, and picking the right one can be the difference between a delicious guacamole or an unchanged bowl of mushy fruit covered in vegetable oil. We get it! There are so many avocados to choose from, you don't know where to start. But look no further! We've got your back. 

  1. Color
    Testing for freshness is very important when shopping for avocados. Color does not always tell you an avocado is ripe. Buy avocados that are just over perfect in color, the darker the better.
  2. Firmness
    The simplest way to tell if an avocado is ripe is by gently squeezing it. The flesh should yield slightly but not be mushy.
  3. Stem
    When shopping for avocados, look at the stem instead of pressing on the side. Press down on the stem; if the avocado is overripe, it will leave an impression. If not, select it. The avocado should be soft but slightly firm to the touch.
  4. Bruising
    A large, dark avocado with little or no bruising is ripe and ready to eat. 
  5. Timing
    When you are buying avocados, try to select ones that are still quite firm. If you are planning to use them within the next 3 or 4 days, it is important that you not purchase ones that are very soft since they will begin to ripen very quickly after purchase, making it difficult to eat them before they turn brown. If the skin of the avocado is wrinkled and you’re looking for ones that will be ready to eat within a day or two, choose those with harder, smoother skin.

 

How to Buy Avocados Ahead of Time for a Party 

No matter what kind of party you’re throwing, avocado can be a fun and delicious appetizer and hors d'oeuvre, and the perfect healthy alternative to other types of dips. This is because avocados are rich in healthy fat, fiber and potassium.

Have a party coming up? Don't stress. You can buy avocados in advance and they only need four to five days at room temperature to be ripe for the party. Ripe avocados should be eaten within a day or two, so when buying them in advance, make sure they are firm green fruit that will ripen in four or five days. 

Be sure to check your room temperature too, as you don't want it to be too warm and cause them to ripen too quickly. If you bring them into the fridge once they begin to show some give, they'll slow down the ripening process.

 

The Ultimate Guide To Ripen Avocado Faster

It's been said that avocados ripen faster when placed near bananas, apples, kiwis or other fruits that produce ethene gas. In fact, many people place their avocados in a bag with a banana or apple overnight to get them to ripen faster.

Even if you love guacamole, there are sometimes too many avocados to eat before they spoil. Now, an extra avocado can be ripened in just one or two days. Just put it in a paper bag with a banana or two. This method concentrates the gas surrounding the fruit but still allows the fruit to breathe. Avoid using plastic bags that stifle the fruit. This method can also be done with stone fruits, melons, etc..