Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Avocado Ripeness

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We love avocados. They taste great, and they provide a dose of healthy nutrients, such as potassium, folate and vitamin C, among many others.
The monounsaturated oleic acid in them is heart healthy, and can help lower triglycerides and cholesterol.
When shopping for avocados, it is important to find them when they are perfectly ripe. It is often frustrating to go through a pile at the produce market only to find them hard as a rock, or so soft they are practically guacamole already!

We know the hard ones need a little more time, but what about the soft-ish ones that disappont us when we cut them, only to find them riddled with dark spots? Those are over ripe, and past their prime.

How do you tell when it is “just right?” Here is an easy trick to assess the ripeness of an avocado without cutting into it.

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First of all, squeeze it gently. The flesh should yield slightly, but not be too soft, or too hard.

Next,take the little brown nob at the top of the avocado and flick it off. If it is hard to remove, the avocado isn’t ripe yet. Leave it ripen for a couple of days and you’re good to go.

If it comes off easily but reveals a dark spot underneath, it is over-ripe. Leave this one behind.

If it comes off easily, and there is a beautiful green hue peeking out at you, you have found perfection! That means the avocado should be green and unblemished inside. Bring this one home and enjoy it!

photo: Glasshouse Images

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