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A ridiculously simple trick to tell if an avocado is ripe – while you’re still in the store

You probably know the feeling—you’re picking up a few things at the grocery store, but once you get to the produce section, you look at the avocados and realize you have no idea whether the good-looking ones are ripe or overripe.

Sure, they look good, but who knows if they’re still green inside. So instead of instantly grabbing a couple of perfect avocados and pushing your cart in the direction of the tortilla chips, you’re forced to stand there squeezing and guessing your way through a pile of avocados in the hunt for the perfect one.

Unless you know this trick, that is.

In fact, all it takes is a few seconds to avoid that fate.


The secret lies in the stem, so you should begin by plucking it off.

avocado stem

Once you’ve done that, you’ll know the condition of the flesh inside.

This is how to know if an avocado is overripe:

overripe avocado

Notice how the place where the stem used to be is brown.

And this is what a perfect avocado looks like:

perfect avocado

The stem should come off easily and be bright green underneath.

It’s as simple as it gets!


Maybe you knew this trick before or maybe not. Either way, I think there are a lot of people out there who could benefit from knowing how easy it is to find the perfect avocado. So by all means, share this secret with your friends!

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