Did you know that avocados do not ripen on the tree
They ripen or “soften” after they have been harvested
Although skin color can help in the initial visual selection of Hass avocados it is not always the best indicator for ripeness
Ripeness is ultimately determined by pressure. Color can sometimes be misleading as avocado “softening” can occur at a varying rate independent of color.
Practice makes perfect
Or try purchasing an unripe avocado, checking it every day for 2 – 3 days as it softens
Ripe avocados that yield to gentle pressure should be eaten within a day or two
Unripe, firm or green fruit can take four to five days to ripen at room temperature
When an avocado begins to yield to gentle pressure, place it in the refrigerator to slow the ripening process.
How To Pick The Perfect Avocado
When comparing a group of avocados, check the outside color of the skin of the avocados for any that are darker in color than the others. These may be riper than avocados with lighter skin. Check the outer skin of the avocado for any large indentations as this may be a sign that the fruit has been bruised.
Place the avocado in the palm of your hand.
Gently squeeze without applying your fingertips as this can cause bruising.
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.
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