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How To Tell If An Avocado Is Ripe?

How To Tell If An Avocado Is Ripe?

The avocado (Persea Americana) is a tree originating in the Americas which is likely native to the highland regions of south-central Mexico to Guatemala.

 It’s classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae.

Ahhhh… nothing is quite as satisfying as slicing into an avocado. Avocados, when ripe, are delicious and creamy. They can be eaten on their own or added to a smoothie. Avocados can be enjoyed in many ways. How can you tell when an avocado is ready? You don’t want to cut into a hard avocado.

How To Tell If An Avocado Is Ripe?

Avocados ripen only after they are harvested, unlike other fruits. A ripe avocado may be bright green or have a smooth texture. As the avocado matures, it will become dark green to nearly black and develop bumpy skin. The texture and colour of avocados will differ from one avocado to the next, so you should feel them.

Give the avocado a gentle squeeze to determine if it is ripe. The avocado should feel soft but not too soft. You should also give the rounder end a squeeze test, as avocados ripen starting at the stem-end. The avocado will be ripe if the large end is slightly soft.

What does a Ripe Avocado look like from the inside?

You can tell if the avocado is ripe by its colour and how it feels when you cut it open. Ripe avocados will have light green flesh and a creamy texture. A rotten avocado can have brown spots or black spots all over the flesh and sometimes have a stringy texture. Although they may not be as attractive or have the best taste, overripe avocados are safe to eat.

How Do You Ripen Avocados Quickly?

Sometimes it feels like an eternity waiting to get a ripe avocado from the store. There are several things that you can do to ripen avocados quickly. First, you can place unripe avocados in brown paper bags with an apple or banana for two to three days. The reason is that bananas and apples emit ethylene gas, triggering ripening.

Others have reported success placing avocados in sunny spots, which can help them ripen in as little as a few days. This hack to ripen hard avocados on-demand requires tin foil and a 200-degree Fahrenheit oven. It takes about 10 minutes.

How To Store Avocados?

You now know how to tell when an avocado is ripe. Now you need to know how to store it properly! Avocados should be kept at room temperature, especially if unripe. Avocados can sometimes take four to five days to ripen fully.

It is best to keep avocados in the refrigerator until they are ready to be eaten. Cool temperatures in the fridge will slow down the avocado’s ripening and make them last longer. This easy trick will prevent your avocado from browning if you have already cut it. Store other fruits or vegetables can help you prevent food waste and keep your produce fresher for longer.

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