Use This Simple Trick to Determine Whether an Avocado Is Ripe Inside

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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! There's 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.

When purchasing avocados it's important to know the proper technique for checking for ripeness. Of course the skin should be dark in color, heavy for it size, with a firmness that gives just a little to moderate pressure. But, there's an even bigger telltale sign of an avocado's ripeness.

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To make sure you're taking home an avocado that's perfectly green and creamy on the inside, and free from ugly brown spots, the key is checking under the stem. This part of the avocado holds a sneak peak for what's going on under the skin.

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Peel back the small stem at the top of the avocado. It feel comes away easily and you find green underneath, you've got a good avocado that's ripe and ready to eat. That's the kind of fruit you want to take home with you. On the other hand, it you pull back the stem and find brown underneath, the avocado is overripe, and you're likely to find brown spots inside the fruit. And, it the stem doesn't come off, the fruit is not yet ripe and ready to eat.

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

(Image credits: Kelli Dunn)