After many mistakes I finally learned how to tell if your avocado is ripe to eat after visiting an avocado farm in California!
Simply gently roll your thumb over the tiny nub-stem on top and look inside the hole that it leaves behind. If it's bright green inside it's perfect to cut and use. If it's very dark or very gray it's old. If it's hard to roll off, it is still unripe, so leave it a while longer before cutting it. No more wasting avocados!
Great to know. Thanks for sharing. I am 70 and just started liking avocados. I think it was the texture all this time. All these years I turned my nose up at them.
Avocados make a healthy bread spread for sandwiches too! Better than mayo.
I agree! I like to use avocado instead of mayo for tuna salad sandwiches. You can also make a delicious salad dressing with avocado, vinegar and herbs in the blender or food processor.
As for storing them, they keep surprisingly well in the crisper once they are ripe. If you have too many ripe ones, guacamole or that salad dressing will keep for a few days more.
When selecting an avocado look for one that is large all around and larger on one end. The skin should be nearly black. Gently cup the whole avocado and gently squeeze. It should be firm with a slight softness.