Loved by many, avocado is delicious, nutritious and versatile. However, knowing the right time to eat it can be tricky. In addition to the adverse health effects of eating foods that are spoiled, eating an avocado that is overcooked may be safe, but it is very unpleasant. By knowing what to look for and how to store avocado, you can avoid disappointment.
Method 1 of 2: Examining the Avocado
Step 1. Look at the avocado peel
If there is visible mold or a rancid odor, the avocado is not safe to eat and should be discarded. If the avocado is heavily crushed, scarred, or has crushed areas, it is likely to be spoiled.
Step 2. Check the color
Different varieties of avocado have different colored skins. The most common variety of avocado, Hass, will change color to a very dark green or purple when ripe. If a Hass avocado has turned to a very dark black color, it may already be gone.
Most of the other commercially available avocados, such as Breda, Fortuna, Geada, Margarida, Ouro Verde and Quintal, retain their green color even when ripe
Step 3. Hold the avocado in your hand and apply light pressure
Be careful not to hurt the fruit with your fingertips. A ripe avocado will be a little crushed with this force. If pressure like this makes a crack in the avocado, it's a sign that it's gone bad.
Step 4. Use the avocado stalk to see if it is ripe
Some people say that you can check whether the avocado is ripe by pushing or removing its stem. If it is easily removed, it means the avocado is ripe. After the rod is removed, the color of the interior can be seen. This method can be effective for examining maturation but not color. To get a good indication of the quality of the avocado pulp, you need to see a larger surface area.
If you are choosing avocados to buy, avoid manipulating fruits in this way. Removing the stem can compromise the quality of the fruit for other potential buyers
Step 5. Cut the avocado
If you've already bought avocado, this is the fastest way to determine if it's gone bad or not. The pulp should be light green. If it is black or brown, the avocado should not be eaten. If there are brown spots in small, isolated areas, the avocado is good to eat.
Step 6. Try the avocado
If you've thoroughly examined the pulp but aren't sure if the avocado is gone, you can taste it. Avoiding eating the brown-stained parts, try a small amount of the green flesh. Avocado should be creamy, smooth and slightly sweet. If it smells bad or unpleasant, it's spoiled.
Method 2 of 2: Keeping Avocados Fresh
Step 1. Prevent avocados from getting overdone by storing them correctly
If the avocado is ripe enough but not consumed immediately, store it in the refrigerator. A ripe, uncut avocado can last approximately three to four days at room temperature or seven to ten days refrigerated.
Step 2. Store cut avocados to preserve them
To store the avocado once cut, cover it with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container for up to two or three days. To keep the light green color for as long as possible, pour lemon juice into the cut pulp. The light acid content will help reduce oxidation and prevent the avocado pulp from turning brown quickly.
If the pulp of the avocado is oxidized, it does not mean that the fruit is unsuitable for consumption. Take a spoon or other utensil and scrape the brown surface. The pulp just below this layer should be light green
Step 3. Freeze the avocado to avoid wastage
To prolong the life of the avocado, mash it with lemon juice and keep in a closed container. This mixture can stay for up to four months in the freezer.