Learn how to pick an avocado and how to tell if an avocado is ripe with these simple tips.
Whenever I’m stocking up on avocado or even buying one avocado people gravitate towards me. I have a method for picking out ripe avocados and also a method for picking out perfect avocados before they ripen and with these simple tips, you’ll have perfect avocados each time you buy them.
How to pick an avocado
Our top tip is to make sure the stem is still attached at the top.
Why? Once that stem is removed the avocado is exposed to air and the air gets inside the avocado and causes browning. This is why you sometimes see an avocado have brown flesh inside on the top, but the rest of the avocado is a beautiful green.
Anytime there’s air exposed to the avocado it will cause browning so this tip goes for picking out a ripe avocado or an unripe avocado.
Does this mean you can’t buy any without it? No, but you do run the risk of having some browning on your avocado flesh.
How to pick a ripe avocado
A ripe avocado will give in to a little pressure, it will almost feel like a squishy stress ball, but not as soft. It should have a darker green color, whereas an unripe avocado will have a lighter green color.
You do not want to see any dryness or indentations, a dry and hard avocado that is dark green is no longer good.
How to pick out an unripe avocado
Not everyone needs ripe avocados, so if you need one that isn’t quite ripe yet go for one that is a bright green color and should be very firm.