I know this might seem totally random, but I have a deep love of avocados. I find that a lot of people avoid avocados because they don’t know how to tell if they are ripe or not. I am going to give you all the tips I know about telling if one is ripe and my favourite guacamole recipe!
The above guide gives the tip about removing the stem to check for ripeness, but the technique I use is slightly different. I press the top of the avocado around the stem. If it is going to go bad, this is where it would start. You would be able to feel if it were super mushy, and you will also be able to tell if it is not ripe. Around the stem should not be rock hard or mushy, but have a little bit of give. So far, this technique has NEVER led me wrong.
Now, I will share my favourite guacamole recipe!
3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1 large tomato
3-4 cloves of garlic
¼ cup of cilantro
1 small lime
6 green onions, chopped
Cut avocados in half, lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seed. Then, use the same spoon to scoop out each avocado’s flesh and add to a medium bowl.
Add diced tomato, chopped cilantro, pepper, minced garlic, lime and the green onion to the avocado and stir to combine.
I will not lie to you, I don’t mince or chop anything… I add all these ingredients to a food processor and let it do the work. Try to keep a little bit of texture because chunky guacamole is better than purely smooth guac. Best served chilled.