Avocado is known for its creamy texture and fat content, but an unripe avocado is hard and nowhere near enjoyable. If you want to make that perfect guacamole or avocado toast, you have to be able to pick out the ripe avocadoes for that soft, almost melt-in-your-mouth consistency. Here’s how to choose avocadoes at their prime.

Look at the skin colour

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Unripe

A green avocado is definitely not ready for consumption.

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Breaking

A green avocado is definitely not ready for consumption. You’ll know that the avocado is about to reach its peak when the skin has lost most of its green and starts to look dark. A green avocado is definitely not ready for consumption.

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Ripe

The fruit almost completely loses its green colour and becomes really dark in colour.

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Overripe

It’s hard to tell if an avocado is overripe just based on the skin colour, hence we move on to the next criteria.

Give the avocado a gentle squeeze

NOTE: Do this only when you suspect that the avocado is about to ripen. Otherwise, you might bruise the fruit unnecessarily, which is not desirable especially at the supermarket.

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On top of its dark appearance, a ripe avocado feels firm with a very slight give when given a squeeze. On the other hand, an overripe avocado feels mushy and yields completely to any light squeeze.

Pull out the nub

Pinch at the nub (the part where the fruit was held to the stem of the fruit tree) and pull. If the nub doesn’t come off easily, the fruit is still unripe. Don’t try to pull it out.

If the nub comes off easily and the little crater on the avocado fruit looks green, you have a ripe avocado on your hands!

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But if the crater looks brown, chances are it’s already overripe. Before you throw it away, slice it open to see if it has already gone bad or still fit for consumption.

Now that you know how to pick an avocado

Make something delicious with it!