• The way I tell if an avocado is ripe is to gently press it with my thumb while holding it. If it's hard and unyeilding, it's not ripe yet. If it dents very easily, it's too ripe for anything but guacamole. For eating, I try to pick an avocado that is firm but yields a bit. With a little practice, you can learn to tell when that avocado is perfect!
  • Just like peaches. Put your thumb on the blossom end and fingers on the stem end and press with your thumb to see if it's soft.
  • The easiest way to tell if its ready: press in the middle of your forehead, if it feels like that when you press on it, its not ready yet. Press on your cheek. If it feels like that, its too ripe and probably not good for you to eat. Now press on the tip of your nose (sorta squishy but still firm). If it feels that way, then you're all ready to go and make yourself some nice guacamole. Mmm!
  • Placing it in your whole hand and gently feeling if it is soft is a good way. But there's more. You also need to know if it is still good inside. Too many fruits today have black spots or rotten parts. You can flick off the little bit of stem that is still attached to the top of the fruit. If it is brownish under there, it's bad, don't buy it. But if it is still green and fresh looking, it will not have any black spots inside.

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