Avocado Tips

Storing

Storing

Ripe avocados can be refrigerated up to several days. Chill unripe avocados before you bring them out to ripen at room temperature. Store or prepare avocados in advance:

Cover cut avocado tightly with plastic wrap. Put mashed avocado in a bowl with plastic wrap pressed onto the surface to keep air out. Put pitted and peeled avocado in a sealable plastic bag with lemon or lime juice, and then mash. Squeeze out any air, seal and refrigerate. Trim any discolored portions.

Ripening

There are times when you purchase avocados from your retailer and you notice they’re not quite ready to eat yet. That’s because avocados don't ripen on the tree, they ripen or "soften" after harvest. If your recently purchased avocados need a little bit of help to ripen, we recommend placing unripe avocados in a brown paper bag with a banana for approximately two days to speed things up.

Preparation

Rinse and dry the avocado. With a sharp chef's knife, cut the avocado in half, around the pit.

  • Twist to separate the halves.
  • Using a spoon, gently loosen and remove the pit
  • Run the spoon between the peel and the flesh to loosen, and lift the avocado half from the peel. 
  • Another method is to turn each avocado half cut-side down on a cutting board and cut slices through the peel. Then loosen the peel at one end of each slice and lift off.

Cut slices or dice. If you are not using the avocado immediately, brush or sprinkle with lemon or lime juice to prevent darkening.

Another method is to turn each avocado half cut-side down on a cutting board and cut slices through the peel. Then loosen the peel at one end of each slice and lift off.

Cut slices or dice. If you are not using the avocado immediately, brush or sprinkle with lemon or lime juice to prevent darkening.