Can you ripen avocados faster in paper bags?
Yes, it's true: paper bags help to ripen avocados faster than if you just left them out on the kitchen counter. By putting unripe avocados into a paper bag, you can get them to ripen one or two days faster! If you want your avocados to ripen even faster, put a banana, tomato or apple in the bag. These fruits give off ethylene gases that speed the ripening process. You can have your avocados go from hard, green and unripe to perfect consistency from one to three days. The fruit should be firm when you cut into it but still have enough softness for you to easily peel and extract the seed. If it's not easy to cut into, peel or take out the seed, it's not ripe yet!
Check daily to see if your avocados are ripe by pressing lightly on the skin. If they're ripe, they should give a little and still be firm. If they feel squishy, they might be just perfect for guacamole if you use them the same day. Refrigerate your ripe avocados for up to two weeks!
What part of the avocado can you eat?
Avocados must be peeled first before being eaten.
Each avocado also has a hard, round seed, which is
not edible. If you're making guacamole, save the seeds because they will help your guacamole stay green for
a longer period of time, instead of turning brown
(just add them whole to the guacamole and remove
them when it's time to serve.)
How do you peel and slice avocados?
Cut a ripe avocado lengthwise around the seed. Twist
to open the avocado and expose the seed, which you
can remove by scooping out with a spoon. If the
avocado has a thin skin, you can peel it by hand. It's easier to cut thicker-skinned avocados in quarters lengthwise, then use a paring knife to separate the
peel from the fruit.
Where do avocados come from?
Most avocados in the United States are grown in groves in Southern California, where we're located. The most common varieties of avocado that you find in your local grocery store are Hass and Fuerte but there are several other avocado varieties that we grow, which are available at different times throughout the year, including Lamb Hass, Pinkerton, Gwen, Zutano, Bacon and MacArthur.
The avocados that you find in the grocery store are often stored for weeks at a distribution warehouse before they are delivered to your local grocery store! That's why they're sometimes not as fresh as you'd like, or they rot in your refrigerator just a few days after you buy them.
Where do SoCalAvocados.com's
avocados come from?
Our avocados are grown right here on our ranch in sunny Southern California! If you like farm-fresh, avocados glowing with creamy, buttery goodness for you to savor, buy them from SoCalAvocados.com! We hand-pick and carefully pack every order, and ship them to you the same day you buy them online!