Choosing, Ripening & Storing
Selecting your Avocado
Choose an avocado based its colour because squeezing them causes bruising. Avoid extremely soft avocados with very dark skin or dented or flattened areas. This indicates bruised or old avocados.
The right way to ripen
Avocados will ripen in your fruit bowl but to accelerate the process, pop in a brown paper bag and include a banana or apple. These fruits give off ethylene gas, which is a ripening agent.
For pre-ripened avocados (those which have been treated with ethelyene or other ripening agent to speed the ripening process), simply place in your fruit bowl to finish off the ripening process which should occour in 2 - 3 days.
- Ripe fruit can be refrigerated uncut until eaten, but limit this to two or three days.
- Cut avocado should be sprinkled with lemon juice, lime juice or white vinegar and placed in an air-tight container in your refrigerator. They should be eaten within a day or two.
- If the top layer goes brown, you can simply scrape this off and you'll find the flesh underneath is perfectly fine.
- Avocado can be pureed with lemon juice and frozen for up to four months.