4 Ways to Know if an Avocado is Ripe

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4 Ways to Know if an Avocado is Ripe
4 Ways to Know if an Avocado is Ripe

If you want to buy avocados or you already have some at home and you're not sure if you can eat them, don't worry! There are some simple tips and tricks to find out if the avocado is ripe and if you can make sandwiches, guacamole or snacks with it!


Method 1 of 4: Checking the Appearance

Tell if an Avocado Is Ripe Step 1

Step 1. Consider the date when the avocado was harvested

Several varieties are commonly harvested in different vintages. If you're choosing avocados in March, you'll inevitably be choosing varieties harvested in the fall and early winter. The variety harvested in early autumn is more likely to be the ripe choice.

  • Avocados of the type "Bacon" will be available from spring and are considered a mid-winter variety.
  • Avocados of the type "Fuerte" are also harvested from late autumn.
  • Avocados of the type "Gwen" they are most commonly harvested during autumn and winter.
  • Avocados "Hass" and "Long Hass" they are the most versatile and can be harvested all year round.
  • Avocados of the type "Pinkerton" will be available from early winter through spring.
  • Avocados "Reed" will be available throughout the summer and early fall.
  • Finally, avocados of the "Zutano" they ripen between early September and early winter (in the northern hemisphere, or in March in the southern hemisphere).
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Step 2. Check the size and shape of the avocado

Before an avocado reaches the condition of being eaten, of course, it must ripen. Depending on each variety, a ripe avocado will usually have a specific size and shape.

  • Avocados "Bacon" they mature when they reach a medium size, oval, weighing between 175 and 350 g.
  • Avocados "Fuerte" they are ripe when they are medium to large in size, ranging between 140 and 400 g. They are oblong in appearance than "bacon" type avocados, but will still have a bit of a "pear shape".
  • Avocados of the type "Gwen", as well as the type "Bacon" they are oval, only more robust and softer. They can reach a weight between 170 to 425 g.
  • Avocados "Hass" range between 150 and 350 g, are smaller, but also oval.
  • Avocados "Lamb Hass" they are large, having something between 300 and 500 g. They are pear-shaped and symmetrical.
  • Avocados of the type "Pinkerton" they are long and pear-shaped. They weigh between 225 and 500 g.
  • Avocados "Reed" are already smaller. Most weigh less than 300 g, but some can reach 500 g. They are the roundest fruit variety available on the market.
  • Finally, avocados of the "Zutano" they are long, a little longer and weigh no more than 400 g on average.
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Step 3. Examine the color

The outer skin color of a ripe avocado will be dark in most varieties. However, each variety is subtly different.

  • Avocados "Bacon" and avocados "Fuerte" they will have a smooth, thin green skin.
  • Avocados of the type "Gwen" they will have a very rustic and green skin when ripe.
  • Avocados of the type "Hass" and "Long Hass" they will present a more striking color, varying between green and purple when ripe.
  • as well as avocados "Hass", the type "Pinkerton" they will show an intense color. A ripe avocado of this species will usually have a very prominent green color.
  • Avocados of the type "Reed" they will have a smooth green skin, even when ripe.
  • And finally, the avocados of the "Zutano" they will have thin, greenish-yellow skin when mature.
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Step 4. Avoid buying fruit with dark spots

Dark spots on your avocado can be a sign of bruises or rotten signs. Damaged avocados will not ripen properly.

In general, good avocados are uniform in color and texture. Any avocado with pits or color problems is rotten or damaged. Anyway, the quality of the fruit declined

Method 2 of 4: Checking the Firmness of the Fruit

Step 1. Hold the avocado in the palm of your hand

Do not pick up the avocado with your fingers. Instead, you should hold the fruit directly in the palm of your hand.

If you press the fruit with your fingertips or thumb, you can damage the skin

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Step 2. Gently squeeze the fruit

Use the palm of your hand and the base of your fingers to apply gentle pressure to the avocado.

  • When you press a ripe avocado, it should give a little bit. The rind will retreat, but then it will regain its shape (if the rind doesn't come back, the fruit may be rotten).
  • If the avocado is soft, it's because it's ripe.
  • A very firm fruit has yet to ripen a little longer.

Step 3. Squeeze the fruit in several places

Using the same method described above, rotate the fruit a little and press again. Use the palm of your hand and the base of your fingers to apply a little pressure. Check the entire avocado, not just a dot of it.

It is possible that the first place you press is not yet mature, which it can. You must test the ripeness of the fruit at several different points to ensure it is ripe

Method 3 of 4: Checking the color below the stalk

Step 1. Shake the fruit gently

Place the avocado close to your ear and shake it gently a few times to notice if there is any hollow noise inside.

  • This is a good way to know if the avocado is ripe and - at the limit - rotten or not, without necessarily opening the fruit.
  • When you shake the fruit, you will notice that the seed inside is a little loose, indicating that the avocado has matured.

Step 2. Press the stalk of the fruit

Squeeze the avocado stem between your thumb and forefinger and remove it.

If the avocado is still green, the stalk will be quite resistant. If it's soft and comes out easy, the fruit is ready to eat

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Step 3. Check the color of the inside of the fruit under the stalk

The color of the inside of the fruit will correctly indicate whether the avocado is ripe or not.

If the avocado is yellowish or brown, the interior is still under ripening process

Method 4 of 4: What to do with a green, cut avocado?

Step 1. Brush the sides of the avocado with lemon juice

Use a brush to apply about 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of lemon juice to the exposed flesh of the fruit.

When cutting the avocado in half, you break the parts of the skin that prevented the oxidation process. The best way to slow this process down is to apply an acidic agent to the pulp

Step 2. Join the halves back together (if applicable)

Fit the halves in order to restore the initial condition of the fruit.

Always minimize the amount of exposed pulp when you want to slow down oxidation

Step 3. Wrap the avocado in plastic wrap

Wrap several layers of plastic around the avocado to create an airtight seal. You can also use a container with a lid to hold the fruit.

The seal limits the amount of oxygen, which slows down the oxidation process

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Step 4. Make fries with avocado

Slice your avocado into thin pieces. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake them for 15 to 20 minutes at a temperature of 200° C. Allow them to cool and then dip them in ketchup or ranch dressing to create a delicious, healthy snack.

You can also spread avocado slices in breadcrumbs before baking to make them more crunchy

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Step 5. Refrigerate until the fruit is really ripe

If you cut a green avocado, you'll need to store it in the fridge for a long time so that it finishes ripening without rotting.

The avocado should ripen within a few days. If it starts to get too soft or brown, it may be necessary to drop the workaround and throw it away


  • Avocados continue to ripen after harvest. After harvesting an avocado, wait 2 to 7 days to consume.
  • To speed up the ripening process, place the avocado in a bag with an apple or a banana. These fruits release ethylene gas, which acts as a ripening hormone for the avocado.
  • If you don't plan to eat avocados right away, always buy unripe fruit.

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