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Avocado Facts – Avoca-do’s, and Avoca-dont’s – Is it Ripe?

Let’s face it.  We all love avocados, and know how delicious they are.  BUT, other than taste, do we really know the things we need to about this mysterious fruit?  These interesting avocado facts will help take the mystery out of this heart healthy food.

Avocado cut in half

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If you love avocados as much as I do, check out these tasty avocado recipes where it’s one of the stars of the dish.

What is an avocado?

When you ask this question, the average person will answer this way:

  1. Avocados are the main ingredient in Guacamole.
  2. An avocado is something that goes great with nachos and tacos and burritos!
  3. It’s a vegetable with a great big seed in the center.
  4. It’s a yummy fruit (kudos to you if you knew it was a fruit. I had no idea!)

How to tell if an avocado is ripe

I personally love avocados, but I don’t like the price.  And I really don’t like the price when I happen to buy a bad avocado.  Fortunately there are a couple of tricks to make sure you never waste money on avocados again!

Make sure you get them before they are too ripe.  This photo from Nwedible.com shows how to tell before you cut it.

How to tell if an avocado is ripe

The avocado has a built in quality meter, and if you pay attention to it, you’ll get a perfect avocado every time!   That quality meter is the bit on the bottom under the stem part.

Always buy them when the bit under the stem is yellowy-green, and never when it’s brown or it will be far too ripe!

AND if you gently squeeze the avocado, it should give way to that pressure.  If it doesn’t and it very firm it’s not ready yet.  And if it’s too squishy, then you’ll most likely have an avocado that’s past it’s best.

Avocados in a bowl

Signs of Avocados that are too ripe

Here are some other signs that tell when  avocados are over-ripe.

Avocados that are too ripe will have outer skins that are soft to the touch with dents in them.  Another tell-tale sign of an overly ripe avocado is when the fruit is soft and doesn’t have any firmness when you hold it.

When you cut the avocado it’s easy to tell about ripeness.  Those that have ripened too much will have flesh that appears dark or (heaven forbid!) brown throughout.  Note that an avocado can have a few areas that are brown. That would indicate its been bruised, not too ripe.

If it smells really bad or you see signs of mold forming, give that one a miss!

Avocado nutrition data

SO, now you’ve picked a great avocado, and you’re ready to eat. But wait, they have so much fat…can they really be healthy? This is the nutritional breakdown for 150 grams of avocado.

Avocado nutrition facts

The answer is yes!  Avocados are low in saturated fat, and sugar but high in dietary fiber and protein. They are filling and, eaten in moderation, have a place in any diet plan.

Avocados are actually on the list of superfoods along with eggs, berries, leafy greens, sweet potatoes and more!  And they provide all kinds of health benefits, when eaten in moderation, which you can read about here.

Takeaway on these avocado facts

Now, I know what you’re thinking after reading this article…

“Hold on Jess,  you’re saying they’re not only delicious, but that I can pick a perfect avocado every time I want to buy one, AND they’re a superfood which will give me lots of health benefits…isn’t that too good to be true?” 

Luckily (for you and me both), it’s not too good to be true!  So go ahead and enjoy an avocado today!

Pin these avocado facts for later

Would you like a reminder of these Avoca-do’s, and Avoca-dont’s?  Just pin this image to one of your cooking boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.avoca-dos and avoca-don'ts

Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in July of 2013. I have updated the post with all new photos and more avocado nutrition facts.

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