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.

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.

How to Tell If an Avocado Is Ripe

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.

Peel back the small stem or cap at the top of the avocado. If it comes away easily and you find greengreen 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, if you pull back the stem and find brownbrown underneath, the avocado is overripe, and you're likely to find brown spots inside the fruit. And, if the stem doesn't come off, the fruit is not yet ripe enough to eat.

Read Erica's 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?

(Image credits: Kelli Foster)