How do I know if an avocado is ripe and ready to eat?

When you buy avocados at your grocery store, some might be perfectly ready to devour, others might need some time to
get there. Here are two handy tips to find out if an avocado is ripe and ready:

  1. Cup your hands around the avocado and gently
    press into it. Does it yield a little? If the answer
    is yes, it’s ready to slice or mash into whatever
    delicious dish you have in mind.
  1. Does the avocado’s stem (the short fruit stalk at
    the top) come off easily when you flick it with your
    finger? If the answer is yes, the ripening process
    has reached the top of the fruit and your avocado
    is perfectly scoop-able!

If your avocado isn’t quite there yet but you can’t wait to eat it, there are ways to hurry up the ripening process

Store your avocados at
room temperature

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Keep them in a bowl
with other fruit – bananas
are particularly effective

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Put them in a brown paper bag with
bananas or apples. The other fruits
will “nudge” the avocado along,
using plant hormones to speed up
the ripening process.

How do I properly peel and prepare an avocado?

Now you only need to stone and peel it but don’t worry – it’s easy:

How can I store a cut avocado in the best way?

If you want to store a cut avocado properly, here are two really useful tips:

  1. If you want to store a cut avocado, it is best to sprinkle
    the surface with an acidic agent such as lemon,

    lime juice, or vinegar to prevent discolouration.
  1. Keep cut avocados and dishes containing avocados
    such as guacamole in the fridge – either in an air-
    tight container or covered with cling film, which is
    best gently pressed on the food surface.

Tips & tricks around your favorite superfood