Avocado is a kind of a neutral fruit, which you can use for sweet and savory dishes. There are several types of avocados, among which Hass and Fuerte are the most widespread.
Hass is oval in shape and has a dark-green skin with bumps and irregularities. Fuerte is a little lighter in color and has a thin, smooth skin. Both types of avocados have a rich, buttery texture and a bit of a nutty taste.
You can use avocado for various sauces, salads and main courses. Also, it’s perfect for your morning smoothie, as it’ll give it a nice, creamy texture. Or, you can simply peel the skin, remove the seed, drip a few drops of lemon juice over it, add a teaspoon of honey and eat it for breakfast with a piece of toast. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Pick And Buy Fresh Avocados
Always pick avocados that are heavier than they look. Also, make sure that there are no brown spots on the skin. If the fruit is soft, it means that it’s ripe. But be careful, you don’t want to buy an overripe avocado and find a slimy, brown mess inside. To avoid this, check the stem. Remove it, and if the flesh underneath is green, you’ve got an avocado that’s good to eat.
But, sometimes, you can find unripe avocados in the stores. I always choose these avocados, as this way, I don’t have to worry about getting a slimy, brown mess!
You should store unripe avocados in paper bags, at a room temperature. In this way, you’ll block the ethylene gas that it’s causing it to rot.
When it comes to ripe avocados, you should keep them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
How To Keep An Avocado From Turning Brown
When you cut an avocado and leave it in the open, it turns brown. You should either eat it immediately, or learn how to store it properly.
1. Plastic Wrap – After you cut the fruit, top it with plastic wrap, to create an airtight seal and prevent it from oxidizing.
2. Lemon Juice – Vitamin C fights the enzymes responsible for the avocado browning. Thus, when you cut the fruit, drip a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice on the flesh, to prevent it from turning brown. At the end, wrap it with plastic foil.
3. Olive Oil – The acids present in this oil fight oxidation, and therefore, prevent the avocado from turning brown. Cover the surface of the cut fruit with olive oil and wrap it in plastic.
4. Water – A good way to keep your avocados fresh and green is to submerge them in water.
How to keep avocado fresh and green