Avocados are different than most fruits. Do you know that avocados do not ripen on a tree? Avocados ripen or soften after they are plucked from a tree. Their skin colour also changes to a darker colour when it ripens and this usually takes a few days to notice the change in the colour of the avocado. Picking avocados can be rather tricky. You either get it too ripe or you get the ones that are not ripe at all.
Practice makes perfect. Picking avocados is not easy and you will not get it on your first try. To get better at it, you have to purchase avocados a few times before getting better at it. Here is a guide to how you can pick and buy your avocados.
When you walk into the supermarket and head straight for the avocados, you may see many different colours of the avocados. What you can do is take a look at a couple of these avocados. Take a look at their colour and their softness. This can improve your selection of avocados in the future. What you can also do is purchase an avocado that is not ripe yet. Then, bring it home while checking on it everyday 2 to 3 days to see if it softens.
What determines an avocado ripeness? The colour and the feel of the avocado.
If the avocado is unripe, it will have a light green to a dark green skin while if the avocado is ripe, it will have a purplish colour skin. If the skin of the avocado is too dark and close to the colour black, the avocado has passed its due date.
2. The feel
For the feel, if the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it’s ripe and ready-to-eat. If the avocado does not yield to gentle pressure it is considered still “firm” and will be ripe in a couple of days. If the avocado feels mushy or very soft to the touch it may be very ripe to overripe.
3. The stem
Another way that not many know from determining an avocado ripeness is the stem root of the avocado. You can remove the stem of the avocado with needing to cut it open. If the colour of the stem is too dark, it means it is overripe. If it is yellow or brown, it is not ripe. Look for the trademark of a green flesh of the avocado. A green flesh at the stem means the avocado is ripe.
For more avocado information, read why you should not throw away your avocado seeds and how you can make avocado seed slimming tea!