What to Look For
- Most avocado varieties remain green when ripe but Hass avocados turn purplish black as they ripen and soften.
- Avocados are mostly sold hard and unripe so when you buy them, allow a few days at room temperature to ripen and soften.
- Select a heavy fruit with unblemished, unbroken skin.
- The fruit should yield to a gentle pressure but if your fingers leave a dent it means it’s overripe. Overripe avocados may be mashed but will soon have unusable blackened flesh.
- Ripe avocados will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days. Storing avocados longer at cold temperatures causes discolouration of flesh and unpleasant change in flavour.
- For quick ripening: Placed in a loosely closed paper bag with a tomato