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How to choose, prepare, and store Avocados.
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Buying Avocados

Look for: for immediate use: avocados that are without soft spots, that are firm but yield to gentle pressure, showing they are ripe. (Do not squeeze the avocado, as this will bruise it.) for later use: choose hard avocados that are still slightly green.

Avoid: soft avocados and those that are scarred.

Seasonality: All year

Storing Avocados

Store unripe avocados on the counter, or to speed ripening, in a paper bag. Refrigerate ripe avocados up to 5 days.

Preparing Avocados

To cut an avocado, grip it gently on one side with one hand. Use a large, sharp knife to cut the avocado lengthwise around the pit. Twist to open the halves and expose the pit, then make another lengthwise cut on the half that has the pit, making it easier to remove the pit. Remove the pit and scoop out the flesh with a spoon or slice avocado flesh. Throw away the peel.

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