Avo-ca-don’t you love a good avocado?
Considered a “superfood” by many, avocados are loaded with healthy fats and are creamy and tasty, as well as highly versatile. They are also high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.
However, we know it can be tricky to know which ones are ripe when you’re browsing the produce aisles at The Market. So, we thought we’d share a quick and easy guide for you all to keep in mind next time you’re doing your grocery shopping.
- Look at the Color
Is the skin of the avocado green? Dark green to nearly black? Most ripe avocados will have a skin color that is dark green to nearly black, but be sure to know which variety you are buying as colors may vary based on the strain of avocado.
- Do the “Press Test’
Press down on the avocado lightly (about the same amount of pressure you’d use to click a mouse) on the top by the stem. If it gives easily but retains its shape, the avocado is ready to eat. If it won’t budge, it’s not yet ripe, and if your finger leaves a dent, the avocado is likely overripe and could be brown inside.
- Check the Stem
Lightly flick the small stem off the fruit, to see if it comes off easily. If it does and you can see green underneath, the avocado is ripe. If it does not come off easily or you see brown underneath, the avocado is not yet ripe, or it’s overripe.
So, there you have it. It’s as easy as one-two-three with these few simple reminders. Guacamole, here we come.
P.S. Because we really like you, here’s our go-to guac recipe:
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 lime, juiced
salt and pepper to taste
Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl.
Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper.
Season with remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Chill for half an hour to blend flavors.