How to Select the Perfect Avocado

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How to Select the Perfect Avocado

Avocados are a favorite superfood around the world. It is a must-have healthy food for any occasion whether avocado on toast for breakfast or entertaining with guacamole at your next dinner party. To ensure you get the perfect avocado every time, here are a few tips on how to find the perfect one, pit removal and easy ways to cut this delicious and nutritious food.

Firstly, you must know what to look for in an avocado once you step into the store. When the fruit comes off the tree, it is still green and firm. Ripening can take about three days before it is ready to eat. The ripening process can be accelerated by placing the avocado in a brown bag with an apple or banana. The term breaking is referred to as the second stage.

This term just means that the avocado is close to the ripening process. The color of the skin will be darker yet also super shiny. A perfectly ripe one is slightly dull and brown all throughout. It is barely soft once you squeeze it.

Avoid the temptation to squeeze the avocado. Please don't be an "avocado bruiser". This only means that when you see one at the store, you should handle it with care especially if you do not intend to buy it. Too much squeezing of the fruit causes irreparable damage and is unfair to other consumers who will end up buying bruised avocados.

There is nothing wrong with an overripe avocado. If you have one of these, you will notice see skin indentations and grey spots. Although these types no longer look appealing, they are still edible just ensure to consume it quickly and right away as soon as you notice. Checking the stem end is also a great way of picking the perfect avocado. You should be able to slightly wiggle the stem. This will show it is nearly ready for consumption and once it hits the perfect time for ripeness the stem will actually pop right out.

Now for the best part. Cutting your avocado in readiness to eat! An easy trick is to simply place the fruit on a flat surface similar to a cutting board. Using one hand, hold the avocado steady. Put the blade of a sharp knife into the side and spin the fruit. This way, you can horizontally cut it all the way around. You will need to rotate the avocado on the other side as well and that will also cut it horizontally. As a result of this technique, you are able to cut it in four sections while the pit will pop out perfectly as well.

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  • Ardi McCormack