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How To Tell If Avocados Are Ripe

Updated on February 20, 2018

An avocado is a delicious fruit (yup, that's right, an avocado is a fruit!) that is also an essential and healthy fat with numerous health benefits. However, because avocados only grow in warm climates, it is difficult for those who live in non-warm climates to not only get a perfect, ripe avocado but to also know how to pick out a ripe avocado. This article gives tips on how to know whether an avocado is ripe or not.

Avocado Fun Fact

An avocado is closely related to the banana!

Tips for Eating a Ripe Avocado

First, unlike most fruits, avocados only start to ripen after they are picked. In order to avoid bruises from over handled avocados, you should actually buy avocados that are not yet ripe and let them ripen in your kitchen at home.

In order to ripen the avocado, place it in a paper bag and keep it at room temperature. It should ripen in two to five days. You can add an apple to the bag to hurry the process along.

A ripe avocado yields to gentle pressure but is still somewhat firm. An avocado that feels soft may be overripe, brown inside, and therefore, not good to eat.

If your avocado is ripe before you are ready to eat it, you can put it in the refrigerator and it should keep for a few days.

Learn How to Ripen an Avocado


Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole--the most popular and famous use of the avocado.

Odds are, the way you are most familiar with eating avocado is as part of guacamole. So now that you know how to identify a ripe avocado and how to ripen an avocado, put those ripe avocados to use by making guacamole using this recipe!


  • 3 avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • cayenne pepper and salt to taste

In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt to taste.

Mix in the rest of the rest of the ingredients.

Chill for one hour in the refrigerator for the best flavor or serve immediately.

Tip: To prevent the guacamole from browning, leave the whole avocado pit in the guacamole.

© 2013 Maya Frances

What is your favorite way to eat avocados?

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