It’s Easy to Tell When Your Avocados are Ripe

 

ripe avocado

Speaking of ripening your avocados, the previous tip isn’t helpful if you’re not sure how to tell they’re ready! Contrary to popular belief, squeezing doesn’t tell you very much. When you’re at the store, simply peel away the small stem. If it comes off easily and you can see green where the stem was, then the avocado is ready to eat. Say goodbye to cutting into an avocado only to find a slimy, brown mess inside.

Avocados Don’t Ripen Until They’re Picked
avocado tree

Just like bananas, avocados grow and mature on trees. Unlike other fruits such as lemons or apples, they don’t have to be picked as strategically–any time after they’re matured is fine. This means growers can leave the fruit on the tree for months at a time. If they’re unpicked for too long, however, they fall to the ground and can ripen there before being sold. Once they are hardened and green, avocados are picked and usually ripen within one or two weeks.

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You Can Freeze Them

frozen avocado

Did you go crazy on your most recent shopping trip and fill your cart with avocados? Worried about them going bad before you can finish them? You don’t have to let them go to waste! You can freeze avocados and keep them fresh if you do it right. All you have to do is cut them lengthwise, remove the seed, scoop out the flesh, sprinkle it lemon juice, and store in a glass container that’s freezer-safe. When you’re ready to eat it, just put it in a bowl of cool water for about 30 minutes to defrost it.

Related: Keep Your Avocados Fresh with These Storage/Serving Tips
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