How To Tell If An Avocado Is Ripe

Trying to find a ripe avocado feels like a guessing game. And it gets even harder when you want to buy avocados for the week.

If you’re like me, you spend way too long in the produce section sweating your decision. Only to be disappointed when you cut open an avocado that’s not ready to eat.

That’s why I’m going to give you 3 quick tips to tell when an avocado is ripe.

When Is An Avocado Ripe?

On the inside, an avocado is ripe when it has a bright yellowish-green color. Also, the seed and skin should easily separate from the fruit.

When the avocado is firm and doesn’t separate easily, it’s not ripe yet. And of course, it shouldn’t be brown or mushy.

how to tell if an avocado is ripe

I was so proud when I picked this perfectly ripe avocado 😌

However, the problem is that you have to purchase the avocado without seeing inside. That’s why I’m going to show you how to tell if an avocado is ripe without cutting it open.

How To Tell If An Avocado Is Ripe

Color – A ripe avocado has a uniform dark purple skin. While over-ripe avocados turn almost black. And unripe avocados are dark green to a mix of green and purple.

how to tell if an avocado is ripe

Feel – When you squeeze a ripe avocado it feels soft, yet retains its shape. If it feels mushy and deforms, then it’s past ripe. But if it’s solid and firm, the avocado is not ripe yet.

Stem – Looking under the avocado stem is like a sneak peek at what’s inside. Green means ripe while brown is past ripe. And if you can’t peel up the stem at all, the avocado won’t be ripe for at least a couple of days.

How To Buy Avocados For The Week

Of course, if you’re buying avocados to use later in the week, you’ll have to plan ahead. The best way to do that is to get avocados of varied ripeness.

In other words, pick a couple of avocados that are ripe now (dark purple). Some that will be ripe in 1-2 days (dark green/purple). And some that will be ripe in 3-5 days (bright to dark green).

How To Ripen Avocados Faster

So what do you do if you have an avocado that’s nowhere near ripe? As it turns out, there are a couple of ways to make an avocado ripen faster.

The best way to ripen avocados faster is to place them in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana.  The bag traps the gases produced by the fruit and speeds up the ripening process. Although it can still take multiple days to be ready to eat.

Another common recommendation to ripen avocados quickly is heating them in the microwave or oven. However, in my experience, this only gives you a hot & smelly unripe avocado. Not very appetizing to say the least!

All of this means that the art of picking a ripe avocado is worth mastering. With the tips you just learned and a little practice, you’ll be picking perfect avocados every time.

Check out my avocado tuna salad recipe below. Plus other articles I think you’ll find useful.

Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe

Tuna and avocado are excellent healthy food choices.  So this avocado tuna salad recipe makes a super healthy meal option.

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Jeremy Fox  –  Founder of Nutritioneering, Engineer, CPT, Bodybuilder, Coach

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