The avocado is one of the healthiest fruits in the world. It is known for its high nutritional values, packing vitamins, fats and trace minerals. It is the fruit with the highest protein content and can be beneficial to anyone, even kids and old people. It is considered a superfood and many families like to include it in the diet.
Picking the right avocado is very critical if you want to enjoy the high nutritional values. In unripe avocados, the manifestation of the proteins, vitamins and trace minerals is not yet complete. The body will not be able to absorb the nutrients from the fruit. Eating an unripe avocado is very unpleasant, it only brings about a terrible taste in the mouth. The flavor is not enjoyable no matter how the fruit is prepared.
It can be very frustrating going all the way to the market, pick the perfect avocado only to find out it is not ready to eat when you already at home. This can be avoided. If you pay keen attention to what is happening on the outside of an avocado it can tell you what is on the inside. Here are some tips to help you select the perfect avocado.
1. Skin color
The skin color says a lot about a fruit. In almost all fruits, it gets riper as the color darkens. It is no different in avocados. A young fruit is usually light green. As the fruit matures, the color keeps on intensifying. Some avocados may grow bigger and greener. While some may grow bigger and darken into a green-black skin. The latter types are the most popular ones. If you want an avocado to eat in a few hours, the darker the fruit the better. However, if you want to eat the fruit in a couple of days, pick a large green one.
2. The skin texture
The skin texture also plays a big role when it comes to picking the right avocado. It can help you tell whether an avocado is unripe, ripe, or even rotten. An unripe avocado has a very smooth skin. It has no bumps or nodules. A ripe avocado will also have a soft but bumpy feel in the hands. Stay away from avocados with cracks, bruises or any large indentations. They may be rotten.
3. Stem color
The color of the stem also says a lot about an avocado. The stem is the top part of the fruit from where it was dangling on while on the tree. When you pop off the stem, a ripe avocado will have a yellow-green color with no blemishes. When the stem has a brown color, the avocado is probably overripe or even rotten.
A ripe avocado should be firm but yield a little when pressure is applied. If the avocado does not respond to the pressure, it is unripe and it would be ready in a few days. However, if the avocado is way soft and easy to apply pressure on then it is probably overripe.
Timing is everything when it comes to avocados. The key to enjoying a ripe avocado is patience. Do not take your chances if you suspect the fruit is not ready. Let nature take its time, every taste of the slice will be amazing.