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Why You’re Always Picking Bad Avocados

Whole and cut avocados sit together in a horizontal line.
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From delicious avocado toast to guacamole, it’s nice to have avocado on hand to mak delicious dishes. If, however, you’ve ever had trouble discerning the proper piece of produce, there might be a reason why.

You might be testing your avocados for ripeness in the wrong way.

If you’re anything like me, you gently squeeze the sides of your avocado to discern if it’s ripe enough to use. An avocado with a little give is ready to be eaten, too mushy and it’s past its prime. And if it’s too hard, it’s not quite ready.

That method, however, can lead to a bruised avocado and brown spots in your dishes that are unsightly. But if you can’t squeeze, how should you test the fruit for ripeness?

All you need to do is apply a little pressure to the tip. Press down lightly on the stem, and if it gives but retains its shape, you’ve got a perfectly ripe avocado. If the pressure leaves a dent, it’s overripe and if it doesn’t move at all, it’s not ripe yet.

Whether you need immediately ripe avocados for some guacamole or are planning to make avocado toast in a few days. this avocado testing method will help you discern the perfect fruit at the grocery store and keep your meals bright and green just as you like them.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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