How to Pick the best Avocado

How to Pick The Best Avocados.

Avocados are delicious fruits which are becoming more popular nowadays because of their wonderful health benefits. There are a few tricks that you can use to pick out a perfectly ripe avocado, with the best quality flesh inside.

1. Check the avocado base to see if there is a stem. This often looks like a small brown plug. If there isn’t a stem, do not buy it as this can become rotten very quickly.

2. Choose the largest avocados you can find. The bigger they are, the healthier their growing cycle was. These are likely to be tastier and more nutritious.

3. Look for rounder avocados rather than long shaped ones. These contain more flesh inside, giving you better value for money.

4. Check for ripeness. Gently squeeze the avocado with the palm of your hand and be very careful to not bruise the fruit. An under-ripe avocado will be very hard, and an overripe one will feel extremely soft. Finding the perfect balance can be done with practice. Do not use the fingertips.

5. Check the skin for shininess. A duller avocado skin indicates that the fruit is of better quality.

6. Look at the avocados in the store and see how some are lighter shades of green than others. The darker avocados are riper. If you do choose to buy light green avocados, you can ripen these up at home in a few days. Be sure to use these tips when choosing your healthy avocados.

If you would like to ripen your avocados at home, simply place them in a brown bag with a banana. The gas from the banana will cause the fruit to ripen more quickly within a day or two. When your avocado is at the perfect level of ripeness you can place them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh for a little longer.

Did you know that these fruits have more potassium than bananas, and contain healthy fats which can help to protect your heart from bad cholesterol? You can also eat the avocado seed and leaves for more health benefits.