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How to Tell If an Avocado Is Ripe

How to Be Sure Your Avocado's Ripe

If you purchase avocados, you probably know the proper technique for checking for ripeness. Give the flesh a soft squeeze, and it should yield to moderate pressure. However, sometimes a soft avocado is actually bruised. Since there's nothing more disappointing than slicing into a browned avocado, I've got another way of testing for ripeness. Flick the small brown stem off the top of the avocado. If it comes off easily and you can see green underneath it, the avocado is ripe! If the stem doesn't come off or if you see brown, the avocado is not ripe.

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joeywyss joeywyss 3 years
That's a horrible tip. It's hard enough finding produce that hasn't been dropped and bruised and put back on the shelf by somebody else, let alone actually damaging it and exposing it to air. Shame on you.
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
Not a cool tip if you remove the stem, realize it ISN'T ripe and put it back on the shelf - the stem helps prevent rotting, and once the stem is removed they will start to go bad very quickly. Unless you're going to buy it and use it, it's not very nice to other shoppers who might grab it or to the store that has to throw out rapidly rotting produce.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Woo hoo that is a great tip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Cool tip.
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