How to Choose the Perfect Avocado
Avocado picking is one of the more challenging things to do when grocery shopping. A good avocado is not easy to find as they spoil rather easily and have fairly unpredictable ripening rates. Many retail avocados tend to be overripe and can be hit and miss when it comes to quality. And to make it worse, avocados aren’t exactly cheap, so a failed purchase can lead to added frustration.
In fact, as a wholesaler, dealing with avocados is a right pain in the ass given how tricky the whole ripening process is. Nevertheless, we’ll share our experience and what we’ve learnt when handling this troublesome fruit.
First off, what does a “perfect” avocado look and taste like?
- Skin is a deep black
- No mould, tears or blemishes
- Texture is slightly waxy and smooth
- Top portion is softer than body
- Body yields to gentle pressure but still firm
- Flesh is yellow in the center and green at the edges
- Seed is a light brown and easy to remove
- Flesh is soft and buttery, should be easy to scoop
- No black/brown spots
So how do you tell if an avocado is ready to go?
Unripe avocados are totally green. As they ripen, they will change from green to black. In this transition phase, you will see some avocados with a mix of green and black. Ripe avocados are usually fully black. Note that colour alone is not enough to determine ripeness, some black avocados may not necessarily be ready for consumption.
A ripe avocado that’s just ready for eating will have a slightly soft but firm body. It’s top portion will be softer than the rest. It will feel lightly soft but not mushy to the touch. Generally, the softer an avocado is the riper it is. Once an avocado is mushy, it’s likely overripe.