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Tuesday, November 4

Kitchen Tip: Avocado Ripeness

A quick Kitchen Tip for you today.  Next time you’re selecting avocados at the market, and you think you’ve found a good one…you know, it’s soft but not too soft, looks about right, but you’re just not SURE…

Pop out that little stubby thing at the end.  If it’s still green inside and the avocado is soft, then you’ve got a good one.  If it’s dark or brown, the avocado is over-ripe and you don’t want it.

You’re welcome.


  1. 2

    Oh man, you are super helpful! Thanks friend!

  2. 3

    will the grocery guy be upset?

  3. 4
    Jane Maynard

    soooo upset. he’ll slap your hands with celery stalks.

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    Jen Schulte

    Thank you … I can’t tell you how many times I get home and cut into a too ripe / mushy one, yuck! I will give this a try.

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    Liz from Meal Makeover Moms here. Avocados are my favorite food in the world, and nothing ruins my day more than a brown or mushy one. Thanks for the terrific tip. I’ll be sneaky so the grocery guy doesn’t see me!

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    Liz Lemon

    I grew up on 4 acres of avocado trees and never once did that! What a great idea! The only thing I have to add here, is that the avocado will probably turn brown on that spot after it is exposed to the air for a few hours – so don’t freak out when you check it again at home and it looks brown.

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    I don’t know if you can get them on the west coast yet but the BEST avocados are the ones grown in Florida and a few places in the Carribean. They are larger with a smooth, lighter green skin. They are smooth and creamy inside without the stringiness that the Hass avocados can get. Sorry to the Hass devotees…

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    Jane Maynard

    liz – excellent point! thank you!

    collette – do you have any idea what the name of that variety is?

    glad everyone is so happy with this tip! 🙂

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    Thanks! Avocados are one of my favorite foods, but I never knew that trick.

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