How To Find The Perfectly Ripe Avocado

How To Find The Perfectly Ripe Avocado

It can be hard to tell if an avocado is ripe or not when you’re at the supermarket. There’s a specific firmness and skin colour to look for, but if you want a dead-simple method, food blog Northwest Edible Food suggests you just pop off the stem and peek inside.

When you’re staring down a potential avocado, flick the dry stem off and take a look inside. If you see a brown patch under the stem it’s going to be a little gross inside. If you see a nice yellow-green patch, you have a perfectly ripe avocado. Just be mindful about not flicking the stems off all the avocados.

Never Buy a Rotten Avocado Again [Northwest Edible Life via The Kitchn]


  • You could just give it a squeeze, not with your thumb, but with the ball of your palm, very gently. If it gives slightly, you’ve got yourself a good avo

  • No, don’t pull out the stem – this causes the avo to ripen quicker, and wrecks it for the next person whom picks it up after you inconsiderately throw it back. Not to mention it doesn’t really show you that much. You don’t go poking holes in the bananas to see if they’re still good, do you?
    As Dweezil recommends, a squeeze (yes, GENTLY) and a rich pleasant smell are the best way to tell.

  • Oh, and the best way to save half an avo is to leave the stone in, rinse it well with water and wrap it in cling wrap – make sure there’s plenty of water trapped in. This will stop the avo from oxidizing and turning brown. Enjoy!

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