Avocado Tips

Selecting Fresh Fruit

Preparing an Avocado for Use

To hasten the ripening of an Avocado, set it in a fruit bowl or inside a paper bag, or wrap it in aluminum foil. Once it yields when gently squeezed, it's ready for use. Be sure to remove the pit before using the Avocado.

Most recipes containing Avocado can be stored at least 24 hours and used more than once. To delay darkening of a mixture, cover it in plastic wrap to prevent exposure to air. Adding lemon juice, lime juice, or white vinegar will also help delay browning.

Ripening a California Avocado

Preparing a Hass Avocado *

Helpful Tip: Sprinkle all cut surfaces with lemon or lime juice or white vinegar to help prevent discoloration.

Storing or Freezing Hass Avocados *

Ripe fruit can be stored in the refrigerator uncut for 2 to 3 days. To store cut fruit, sprinkle it with lemon or lime juice or white vinegar and place in an airtight container in your refrigerator. If refrigerated guacamole turns brown during storage, simply discard the top layer before using it.

When you have an abundance of fresh Avocados, consider freezing them. Pureed Avocados freeze well and are great for use in salads, sandwiches and dips. Here's how:

* Source: California Avocado Commission
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