How to Determine Whether an Avocado Is Perfectly Ripe Inside

Isn't it disappointing to cut into an avocado you've been nurturing to perfect ripeness only to find a brown, slimy mess inside? Avocados are usually sliced open just before serving, so this is especially frustrating. But worry no more! Read on for a simple, foolproof way to tell whether you will discover a creamy, luscious green interior or a brown slimy mess the next time you cut open an avocado.

This tip comes from Erica, a Seattle-based food and gardening blogger. Her website Northwest Edible Life is a popular food and urban homesteading hub and worth checking out for helpful information on growing, cooking, and preserving food.

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Erica explains how to pick a ripe Hass avocado for its weight, dark colored skin and not too smoochy/not too firm feel. But then she drops the bomb on how to really tell what's happening inside:

Take a peek under the dry little button on the stem end. If it's green, then you will be rewarded with a perfect avocado. If it's brown, then you will find a brown slimy mess inside.

Take a look at Erica's post for more details and several handy photographs. Thank you, Erica!

Read the post: Never Buy a Rotten Avocado Again at Northwest Edible Life

Do you use this trick? Or do you have another foolproof way of picking perfect avocados?

Related: The Best Way to Keep a Cut Avocado Fresh

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