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Fresh avocados do not ripen on the tree, they ripen or “soften” after they have been harvested. My favorite avocados are Hass. Fresh Hass avocados are unique from some of the other varieties of avocados because they can change from a dark-green color to a deep purplish almost black in color when ripe. Although skin color can help in the initial selection of fresh Hass avocados it is not always the best indicator for ripeness. Ripeness is ultimately determined by consistency. Color can sometimes be misleading as avocado “softening” can occur at a varying rate, independent of the color.
Step 2 – Place the avocado in the palm of your hand.
Step 3 – Gently squeeze without applying your fingertips as this can cause bruising and feel.
Ripe: If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it’s ripe and ready-to-eat.
Unripe: If the avocado does not yield to gentle pressure it is considered still “firm” and will be ripe in a couple of days
I made the mistake before buying unripe avocados to make Ina Garten’s amazing guacamole and it ruined the results and my attitude! After that experience I educated myself on the correct way to check if an avocado is good to go! If not it could ruin your meal!
Plan ahead tip:
Unripe, firm green avocados can be purchased 4-5 days ahead of an event
If not using the avocado 🥑 right away you can slow the ripening process by putting them in your refrigerator