Eating avocado, like other fruits, gives you the most necessary nutrients that your body should have. When it comes to food preparation, avocado is a versatile food. You can have different exciting recipes, which you may find each odd. But, even it may look strange; it is still an enjoyable way of healthy living.
Eating avocado allows your body to be fit and in good shape. Though avocado may look boring from the outside, you will be amazed at the yummy taste of its flesh. The delicious avocado is also known as “alligator pear” or “butter pear.” The names come from the outside physical characteristics of avocado—bumpy, green, and pear shape. But the inside of it, you will find the yellow-green flesh and in between is a single huge seed.
Does avocado look like a complicated fruit? Well, it is not complicated to eat an avocado. But, you still need to be careful in choosing the quality of an avocado.
As you can see, determining ripe and fresh avocados can be tricky. Avocados do not ripen on the tree unlike other fruits, and the color of the skin of some varieties will not change. For instance, a variety of avocado when ripen will change its color from dark-green to darkest shade of purple. But if you want to know if an avocado is ripe, then you should not base it only from the color of its skin. Other varieties may tell you that it’s ripe when you can feel its softness with your fingers. But to be sure, the preference should be both the color and feel of the avocado.
Why do we need fresh avocados?
The taste of fresh avocado is far different from those that have been damaged and overripe—which are rancid. Want to make sure that you will get fresh avocados? Just compare the color and choose those with darker skins over lighter skins. Make sure that there are no dents and hollows on the surface. It might be a sign of bruising inside. Then, check the firmness of avocado by gently pressing your fingertips on the skin without pinching. The firmness or softness of avocados has different stages—Firm not yet ripe, almost ripe, ready to eat and overripe.
So take a good look of your avocados before purchasing some. When you eat avocados daily, it should always be of good quality. It is the key to enjoy avocado recipes any time of the day.
But if you opt to ripen your avocado, it can be possible. For unripe avocados, wrap it with a brown paper bag with an apple or banana. These two fruits are useful to speed up the ripening process of avocados.
Once your avocado is ripe, you can still store it for additional shelf life. Avocado in cut and uncut forms can be stored in an airtight container. For fresh cut avocados, you can sprinkle lemon or any acidic agent to keep the flesh from turning brown. You can store uncut ripe avocados in the refrigerator for a maximum of three days. The temperature in the refrigerator can slow down the ripening process. So if you want to delay the ripening process, place unripe avocados in your refrigerator.