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A ripe avocado is relatively firm, but will give to gentle pressure when held in the palm of the hand and squeezed. (don't squish it) Color can't always be trusted, though they generally turn deep greenish/ black when ripe. The squeeze test is the most accurate. Avoid avocados that are dull- no shine to the skin.
If you want them to get ripe faster? Put the avocados in a brown paper bag. Putting an apple in the bag with the avocados speeds the process even more.
It should feel give a little when you squeeze it gently. Not too soft and mushy though. Ripen on the counter in your kitchen.
When you push your thumb against the skin of an over-ripe avocado it will give as though it had frosting or toothpaste inside.
An avocado is said to be ripe if it gives soft, mushy feeling when you press it with your finger.
In my humble opinion the best way to tell if the avocado is ripe or not is to gently press at the top with your thumb.
If it feels soft - then you know that it is ripe.
I hope this information is helpful.
Gently push in the stem at the top of the alvacado if it is ripe the stem will go easily into the alvacado