My favorite variety of Avocados is the Haas, shaped like a pear with a thick, bumpy dark-green skin. The Avocado is sometimes referred to as the Alligator Pear due to the texture to the skin.
Ripe ready to eat fruit will yield slightly to finger tip pressure. You should select heavy and fairly firm ones or when they are just beginning to soften. The skin should be uniform in color and without any cracks, bruises or punctures. Under ripe alligator pears are hard to peel and soapy tasting.
How Do You Ripen Avocados?
You can easily ripen this delicious fruit at home by placing them in a closed brown paper bag for 2-4 days. So pull out that great salsa recipe for guacamole and plan ahead.
You should buy your avocados at the local market a few days before you want to use them.
How do you remove the pit from an Aguacate?
Cut down to the pit lengthwise, using a sharp knife. Gently twist the halves in opposite directions to separate. Then lift away the half without the pit.
Cup the half with the hard pit in the palm of one hand, with your fingers and thumb safely clear. Hold a sharp, sturdy knife with the other hand and strike the pit with the blade on the knife, wedging the blade firmly into the pit.
Ouch, Remember to keep those fingers clear!
Now wiggle the knife back and forth to loosen and remove the stone.
Detaching the Flesh
An easy way to remove the delicious flesh from the skin is to cut the fruit lengthwise and remove the pit.
Place the one-half skin-side down on a cutting board resting on it on a cup towel so it will not slip. Use the tip of a sharp paring knife lightly score the flesh by slicing a 1/2 inch square tic-tac-toe pattern.
Permitting the tip of the knife to “ride” gently on the inside of the skin.
Use a teaspoon to scoop out the buttery succulent flesh.
One of the most popular uses of Aguacate is for Guacamole.
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