Avocado lovers know that there’s nothing more disappointing than shelling out one to two dollars on what looks and feels like a ripe avocado, only to take it home and find the insides streaked, mushy and brown.
This has happened to us too many times over the years, even when we purchased rock hard avocados and carefully waited out their ripening times to what seemed to be the perfect firmness.
Several months ago, I was happy to find advice from Northwest Edible Life about how to find the perfect avocado by merely flicking off the tiny stem. The author writes:
Before you commit to a specific avocado, look for all the external signs of ripe-but-not-rotten. With a Hass avocado (the variety we tend to get on the West coast), the skin should be very dark green-to-black and bumpy. The fruit should feel heavy and firm, with no obvious smooshy parts or flat areas.
Now here’s the trick. Once you’ve got a good candidate, take a sneak-peak at what’s inside. Discreetly flick the dry stem off the fruit…
She explains that if it’s dark brown or black underneath, you’ll find a bad avocado inside. If it’s light colored, it will still be nice inside.
I’ve been using this tip for several months now and have found that it works every time for me. As an added bonus, it prevents the insides from getting stringy (which is caused by the pit starting to sprout).
Others point out that you can get the same information without removing the stem. Simply push down on the stem slightly. If it does not give at all, the avocado is unripe. If it sinks down too easily and feels mushy, it’s overripe. It should be firm but slightly yielding if the inside is in good shape. I have not tried this method, but it sounds like a good method if you don’t want to remove the stem completely.
Either way, the stem is the secret to finding that perfect avocado.
Once you’ve scooped out that wonderful green avocado, rinse the pit to slice and carve it to make gorgeous avocado pit pendants!
Click on the slide show to see examples of various pits and how the insides looked.