Lemon being squeezed on half of an Avocado
Avocado being placed in a paper bag with a Banana

How to Buy
Avocados

Buying avocados can feel like a lottery, but follow our avocado buying tips, and you'll be sure to understand how to buy a good avocado.

Common questions about buying avocados

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF AN AVOCADO IS RIPE?

You’ll know when an avocado is ripe because it yields when you apply light pressure.

ARE AVOCADOS SUPPOSED TO BE SOFT OR HARD?

To eat, avocados should be soft, but there's no perfect texture for everyone. It also depends on what you're making. The softest avocados are often best for guacamole, but you might want a firmer (but definitely ripe one) for chopping into salads. However, if you want an avocado to keep for a few days and eat later, then buy a harder one and wait for it to soften.

CAN YOU PUT AVOCADOS IN THE REFRIGERATOR?

It depends on what you want to do with the avocado. If your avocado has been cut open, then you want to coat the surface of the fruit with lemon or lime juice, cover it in plastic wrap and then put it in the refrigerator. Also, if it is ready to eat, then keeping it in the fridge will slow down the ripening process. However, if you want to let it ripen naturally, then keep it out of the refrigerator.

HOW DO YOU RIPEN AVOCADOS QUICKLY?

There are a couple ways you can ripen avocados:

  • Leave your unripe avocado on the counter in direct sunlight and let it ripen naturally.

  • Submerge your unripe avocado in rice.

  • Place the unripe avocado in a paper bag with a banana.

  • In a microwave or oven. We don’t recommend this option as you won’t get the best avocado experience. An avocado ripened quickly with heat will lack the rich flavor of fresh avocados and won’t have the same texture.

Check out our guide to ripening avocados for more info.

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