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How to Remove the Flesh from an Avocado

Updated on July 18, 2019
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Thelma is a Filipina Expat living in Germany. She shares her Philippines life and travel experiences about her beautiful home country.

Avocados fresh harvested from my land.
Avocados fresh harvested from my land. | Source

What is an avocado?

Have you tried eating avocado before? If not, you should. It´s one of the healthy fruits on earth. Avocado is a tropical and sub tropical fruit which contains a lot of fibers and Vitamins like A, B, E, D and K. It also contains potassium and magnesium. Although avocado is very fatty, the fats are mostly monounsaturated. It is one of the super power fruits in the world.

Avocado is a tropical fruit which flesh is like butter. It is in oblong form which has a dark green, light green yellow or has a black colour. The very dark one is rough in texture compare to the light green colour. Avocado is sometimes called alligator pear. The inside of this fruit contains a big seed.

Avocado has a lot of healthy benefits.

  • It helps lower cholesterol.
  • It helps regulate blood pressure.
  • Good for the heart.
  • Contains antioxidants which helps promote young looking skin.
  • Anti-aging

Cut out the dark spots (see  the bottom) of the Avocado and remove the seed before using it.
Cut out the dark spots (see the bottom) of the Avocado and remove the seed before using it. | Source

How To Remove The Flesh

Removing the flesh of an avocado from the avocado fruit is an easy thing to do. You only need a butter knife or a sharp knife, a big spoon, a bowl and a chopping board, if you wish. Before cutting an avocado, be sure that it is ripe enough to eat. Ripe avocado is soft when you touch the skin. If in case the avocado is not ripe yet, pack it in a paper or any old newspaper and leave it for a few days to ripen. Don´t put it in the fridge.

  1. The first thing I will do in cutting an avocado is to put an avocado on my left hand.
  2. Then with a sharp knife on my right hand, I cut the avocado around lengthwise into half without cutting the seed inside. I could feel the seed because it is hard for the knife to cut.
  3. I twist the cut avocado carefully into each opposite directions. Then open it .One of the half avocado still holds the pit.
  4. I hit the seed of the avocado with the knife and twist it to remove this from the flesh or I can spoon the seed with the use of a tablespoon.
  5. Then I slice the flesh of the avocado lengthwise and then crosswise (like the way I do when cutting the flesh of a mango) with the sharp knife without cutting the skin of the avocado.
  6. I can do it another way by just getting off the flesh out of the skin by the use of a spoon and slice the fruit into desired sizes on the chopping board. This way, it´s easy for you if you are a first timer in removing the flesh of an avocado.
  7. Your avocado is now ready for your recipe.

Avocado Tree

Avocado Tree
Avocado Tree | Source

Avocado One Of My Favourite Fruits

Avocado is one of my favorite fruits. I can't have enough of this fruit when it's in season and when I am in the Philippines. I just cut it into half and get off the seed. Then scoping it with my teaspoon and enjoy the richness of this fruit. Sometimes, I include it in making my smoothie or fruits salad. I even make iced cake out of the avocado. There are many ways for me to devour this fruit but sad to say, it is very expensive in Germany that I only enjoy this in my home country Philippines.

Avocado | Source

Ways to savour an avocado.

There are many ways you can do with avocados:

  1. You can eat the flesh of an avocado as it is, with or without sprinkled sugar.
  2. Use it for decorations on salads.
  3. Make fruit salads with cut avocado.
  4. For Gaucamole
  5. Avocado smoothies and milkshakes.
  6. Avocado wraps.
  7. Avocado ice cream
  8. Avocado cream and dip
  9. Sorbet
  10. Ice candies and ice drops
  11. Avocado muffins
  12. Avocado facial mask
  13. Breadspread

Thank you for reading my hub. Please leave a comment. It´s highly appreciated.

Sources: Wikipedia and You Tube

Avocado Facial Mask

How to cut an avocado.

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    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      2 years ago from Germany

      Hi Lorelei. Thanks for dropping by. I think most of the avocados here in Germany are coming from Africa. They are smaller than what we have in the Philippines. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      2 years ago from Canada

      In Canada it sounds like most of our avocados come up from Mexico. I have never purchased nor tried them but it is certainly on my list to do so.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hi Rachel, I love avocadoes too but I can´t buy them in Germany always as they are expensive. I can have them often when I am in the Philippines. Thank you for your wonderful comment.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      6 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Thelma, I love avocadoes. They getting a little expensive here in Pennsylvania too, but once in a while I will get them. I always wondered how they grew though. So thanks for sharing those pictures of the avocado tree and plant.


    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany

      Yes, it is DDE. I seldom eat avocados here in Germany as it does not taste well for me and besides that it´s expensive, but I do eat them often when I´m in my home country. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Avocados are a such a lovely treat it has been ages since I had one don't have avocados in Croatia

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Right! My mother did that before when I was a child, but with coconut water instead of milk. I think smoothie is a modern name for this yummy drink.

      I´m glad I was of great help for you. Yes, reading hubs in our hubland inform us plenty and I´m thankful about that. Thanks for stopping by;-)

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      8 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Goodness! Love avocados and the old fashion way that mom used to do it for us when we were kids....simply mashed and mixed with milk and sugar then chilled. Now a days, it's called smoothies (LOL) and it sometimes come with tapioca.

      Thanks for this I know better way of removing that seed out of its flesh! Boy, we learn new things reading, eh?

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for stopping by, rasta1. It´s always good to have an avocado tree at home. Have a happy weekend!

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      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      It is in my diet every day. I have 2 trees in my yard and I still buy avocados at the market. definitely loving this hub.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      I love avocado, too. It´s so yummy and so healthy that I have to eat it at least once a month. It´s very expensive in Germany but when I´m in the Philippines I often buy a lot as they are abundant and cheap in the market when it´s avocado season. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      Hi Thelma. I love avocado. My auntie used to have several trees that had the fruit so we always had a great source. They are delicious and so good for you too.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      You´re welcome, onlinecashdigest. Avocado is one of my favorites, too.

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      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for the info! Avocado is my favorite fruit...I also love it as an Ice Cream flavor :)

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for stopping by bdegiulio. I hope everything is well for you and your family for this coming New Year 2013. Take care;-)

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Thelma. I learned something new today. I do love avocados so this will come in handy. Many thanks. Voting up sharing, etc..... Happy New Year to you.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Thanks rajan jolly for your visit. I appreciate that. Have a great day!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Interesting way to cut avocados and great learning about its nutrient value and health benefits. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for your visit and for your comment Vellur. I appreciate that. Have a great day!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Avocado is a great fruit, useful tips on how to cut an avocado. Great hub.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for stopping by and for giving a comment, molometer. I appreciate that. Have a lovely weekend! Thanks for your follow as well;-)

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      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Avocado is one of my favorites too.

      This is a very interesting and useful hub on how to use this fruit.

      3/5 votes sharing

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Hi Joyce! I´m glad that you love avocado. Thanks for stopping by and for giving a comment. I appreciate that. Have a good Thanksgiving Day!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Hi Bas! Thank you for your visit. Don´t worry, you are new in our community, you will be followed soon. Just read others hubs, give ensightful comments to the articles you are reading and join the forum. This way, other writers will notice that you exist. Have a great week!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      8 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I love avocados I usually stab the seed out then use a dessert spoon to get the flesh out. A long time ago I used to just cut the avocado in half and munch away loving every bite.

      Voted up, useful and very interesting, Joyce.

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      8 years ago from The Netherlands

      Congratulations on your 75th hub and all your followers. I just wrote three hubs and have 1 follower, you. Sad isn't it?

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Hi Attikos!

      Thank you for telling me how you love avocados and the way you removed the flesh out of the skin. I have not tried avocado with olive oil yet. I used to scraped avocado out of the skin and ate it without anything. Sometimes, I ate 3/4 of the flesh and the rest I spread it on my face as a mask. Thanks for your visit.

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      8 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant and very useful hub Thelma.

      Enjoy your day.


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      8 years ago

      I miss eating avocado. Thanks for this useful tips in removing the flesh.

      Voted up and useful. :-)

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      We love avocados and try to have them often..and I have struggled with the cutting process. I am going to try your idea as it looks like it makes things much easier. Thanks for sharing all this information. Voting UP.+++

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      8 years ago from East Cackalacky

      I like avocados. I wish they grew in North Carolina, but it gets too cold here for them, so I have to buy mine. I'll often pick up one from the store to have at lunchtime. I open them just as you do, striking the seed with the edge of the knife to embed it, then twisting it out. From there, though, I use my thumbs. Starting at the skinnier stem end because I find it easier to get going that way, I just slip them between skin and flesh, then run them along until the half comes out more or less whole. Any remaining on the inside of the skin I scrape out so it won't go to waste, but there isn't usually much. They go on the plate just like that, with a little salt and pepper sprinkled over, sometimes a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh herb, nothing else. If they're ripe, the side of a fork cuts off bites as you want them.


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