How to tell if an Avocado is Ripe and Ready to Eat (Visuals): To make sure you’re taking home an avocado that’s perfectly green and creamy on the inside, and free from ugly brown spots, the key is checking under the stem. This part of the avocado holds a sneak peak for what’s going on under the skin.
How to Pick a Ripe Avocado through Feeling and Observing
The following are the guidelines recommended by Avocados From Mexico on how to pick a ripe avocado:
- Observe the color of the avocado’s skin. Is it green? Dark green to nearly black? Dark green with black speckles? Ripe avocados will have a skin color that is dark green to nearly black.
- Feel the avocado. Is the skin smooth? Or is it bumpy? In addition to their dark green skin, ripe avocados will also have skin with a bumpy texture.
- Gently squeeze the avocado. Is the avocado firm? Does it yield to firm, gentle pressure? Does it feel mushy? Ripe avocados should yield to gentle pressure without leaving indentations or feeling mushy.
Knowing Avocado’s right size helps in identifying the ripe one.
Note the size and shape. Before an avocado can be ripe, it must be mature. Within each variety, a mature avocado will usually fall within a certain size range and shape.
- Bacon avocados are medium in size, oval in shape, ranging from 6 to 12 oz (170 to 340 g).
- Fuerte avocados are medium to large when mature, ranging anywhere from 5 to 14 oz (142 to 397 g). They are oblong in appearance and slightly pear shaped.
- Gwen avocados can be medium to large, plump, stout ovals, running from 6 to 15 oz (170 to 425 g).
- Hass avocados can be medium to large, ranging from 5 to 12 oz (142 to 340 g). They are also oval.
- Lamb Hass avocados are large, ranging in size from 11.75 to 18.75 oz (333 to 532 g). They are pear-shaped and symmetrical.
- Pinkerton avocados are long and pear-shaped. They weigh between 8 and 18 oz (227 and 510 g).
- Reed avocados are medium to small, ranging from 8 to 18 oz (227 to 510 g). They are the roundest variety available.
- Zutano avocados are medium to large, usually weighing between 6 and 14 oz (170 and 397 g). They are skinny and pear shaped.
Watch: How to tell if Avocado is Overripe or Not
How to know if an Avocado has gone bad and not good to eat
When determining the ripeness of an avocado according to Loveonetoday.com, color is often mistaken as the key indicator. While color can be an indicator in telling if an avocado is ripe, the “feel” method is actually a better measure of ripeness of fresh avocados. A ripe avocado will slightly yield to gentle pressure when held in the palm of your hand without leaving indentations or feeling mushy.
An overripe avocado will often display some of the following characteristics:
- A mushy or dented outer skin;
- The avocado will feel very soft like a very ripe tomato and will not have that slight firmness when held;
- When cut, the avocado will have darker yellow or brownish colored flesh throughout the inside of the fruit. If the browning is only in certain spots, this is known as bruising and is not an indicator of the fruit being overripe;
- The avocado will have a rancid smell; and/or,
- The avocado has the beginnings of mold starting to form.
If any of the above indicators are present or occurring with your avocado, especially the latter three, we do not recommend eating the fruit.