Question: Dumb question - How do you know if an avocado is ripe?

December 12, 2010
Mine are getting a blank tint on the outside, but when I cut them they're still not ripe yet (cant extract the pulp with a spoon)...


Chris Paulk's picture

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.

thislittlepiggywenttothefarmersmarket's picture

It should feel give a little when you squeeze it gently. Not too soft and mushy though. Ripen on the counter in your kitchen.

NMK8XHHM's picture

When you push your thumb against the skin of an over-ripe avocado it will give as though it had frosting or toothpaste inside.

yeshe pesebre's picture

An avocado is said to be ripe if it gives soft, mushy feeling when you press it with your finger.

ProChef360's picture

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.


Catherine Hartgrove's picture

Gently push in the stem at the top of the alvacado if it is ripe the stem will go easily into the alvacado