Everyone knows avocados are wonderful for making guacamole or dips. But that doesn't stop this unique fruit from being added to everything from your favorite salad to sandwiches, sushi, entrées, dessert, and smoothies. Heck, we even added it to our award winning poke! There are so many ways to eat this fruit and there are some great health benefits too. Did you know that avocados contain 60% more potassium than bananas? These nutrient dense fruits are also sodium and cholesterol-free.
Selecting: Place the avocado in the palm of your hand and give it a gentle squeeze. It will be firm yet yield with pressure if it is ripe.
Color: The Hass avocado tends to turn dark green or black as it ripens while other varieties retain a light-green skin.
Ripening: Place the avocado in a plain brown paper bag and store at room temperature to ripen. You may add an apple or banana to the bag to help accelerate the ripening process. These fruits give off ethylene gas, a ripening reagent.
Storing:Ripe avocado can be stored in the refrigerator uncut for 2-3 days.