Never stare at another avocado and wonder what to do with it. Get the simple steps to prep and enjoy this healthy-fat fruit in dozens of delicious ways.
How to Choose Your Avocados
The majority of avocados are sold unripe as they bruise easily. Make sure that your avocados are firm, heavy and on the large side, as this usually means that there is more flesh than the pit.
To choose a ripe avocado, gently press around the stem, and if it yields, then the fruit is ripe.
Hass avocados are the only varieties that change colour from green to black when they are ripe; all other types are green when ripe.
How to Store Your Avocados
Avocados should be stored at room temperature until they are ripe. You may be able to speed up the avocado ripening process by placing unripe avocados in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana for two to three days.
After an avocado has ripened you may store it in your fridge, otherwise, its flavour may be ruined.
How Does Lemon Juice Prevent Avocados From Browning?
Citric acid keeps the fruit from browning because it is full of ascorbic acid and contains strong antioxidants, which work against oxygen to slow down spoiling or browning in your avocados. Citrus juice is also a natural preservative!
To Preserve Avocados
Squeeze some lemon juice over the exposed avocado flesh to prevent it from discolouring.
Then simply wrap it with some cling film and store it in the fridge.
Or you could just leave the seed in and wrap it with cling film and store it in the fridge.
To Remove the Pit
- Cut the avocado in half lengthwise around the pit, make sure you have control over the avocado and be careful with your fingers.
- Twist the avocado halves in opposite directions
- Pull the avocado halves apart
- Fold a kitchen towel, then use it to securely hold the avocado half with the seed.
- Then, gently hack the knife blade into the pit, and twist to remove the pit on the blade.
- ALTERNATIVELY: You can use a spoon to remove the seed, but you may lose some of the flesh doing it this way.
How to Dice an Avocado in its Skin
- Use a paring or small kitchen knife, to make evenly spaced vertical cuts and then horizontal cuts (in a crosshatch pattern) without breaking the skin of the avocado.
- Then slide a large spoon between the skin and the flesh of the avocado to scoop out the diced avocado.
How to Dice a Peeled Avocado
- Place the avocado half-face down on your chopping board.
- First, make vertical, even, and cut lengthwise.
- Then turn your chopping board around (this prevents you from handling the avocado too much) to cut in the opposite direction for a dice.
For Avocado Wedges or Slices
- Place the avocado half, face down on your chopping board.
- For wedges, just slice lengthwise following the shape of the avocado.
For Avocado Roses
- Lay an avocado half flat side down. Using a sharp knife, make thin slices across the avocado, repeating down the entire fruit from end to end. Aim for each slice to be between 2-3mm thick. Although it can be tricky, consistent cuts and thickness will give more visually appealing results.
- Fan the slices out. Keeping the cut pieces touching each other, encourage the slices to move into a diagonal orientation using your hands. Continue splaying out the slices until they form a thin line.
- Roll into a spiral. Start curling the fruit inwards on itself at one end of your avocado slices. Continue rolling the slices until a spiral shape forms and your avocado flower begins to take shape. Ensure it is neatly twisted around itself in a compact circle, using your hands to correct the shape if needed.
- Douse the fruit in lemon or lime juice. The acid in the lemon or lime juice will prevent the avocado from turning brown and keep your rose from browning.
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