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How to Choose an Avocado

Updated on June 26, 2012

Avoiding Frustrating Guacamole

Guacamole can either be the easiest recipe on the planet, or the hardest. It all comes down to the quality of the avocado. This super food can be a bit tricky, and it often takes awhile before you can tell which ones are going to be delicious, and which ones you should just leave on the shelf.

There are several ways to tell if an avocado is ripe and ready. Most avocados sold to grocery stores are harvested prematurely to prevent rotting during transit. In most cases, avocados are usually not ripe when you go to buy them. Here are a few things to look for in choosing one:

First, appearance isn't always an indicator because avocados aren't uniform in color, but generally darkness signals ripeness.

The second factor to look for, and the most important in determining whether or not an avocado is ready, is how firm it is. When the outside is firm with no give, it is not ready to eat. When it is gives very easily, it is too ripe and your guacamole will come out brown.

At the grocery store, look for ones that are still firm, but when you press a thumb into the rind, it gives just a little bit. Leave them out on the counter for approximately two more days, and they should be perfectly ready for any tex mex treat!


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