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Avocado: Green is good, but gray?

Discussion in 'Survival of the Fittest' started by hot diggity, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    This is a question for those with more avocado experience than I have. I've been eating them for a couple months now, but have issues with the timing of when they're ready to eat, and the condition of their insides. I get a few that I know I just waited too long on, and they will be really mushy and gray in large areas. Others have pockets with a gray color around them.

    I've been eating bananas long enough to understand that the brown is either over-ripe or bruised. You can eat it, but it might taste icky. Is it the same story with avocados? Should I cut off the gray areas?

    I'm also curious about the best way to know they're ripe enough. I have been eating them when they are firmer lately and they seem to be more palatable.

    Thanks for any advice.
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  2. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    only eat the green. They are like peaches in someways. Put them in a paper bag in a warm place to ripen before they rot. =)
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  3. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Cover with lemon juice if you'
    re gonna save half.
  4. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    @HK_User your's last that long? 0.0 [lolol]
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  5. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    I sometimes put a half in a baggie in the fridge, with the seed still in it.
    I bought some at the store last week that were real GREEN but within a few days they turned darker, to slow the ripening process put them in the fridge, or ice box if you don't have a fridge.:rolleyes:


  6. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    I put them in the fridge and they last a good long time. It's cheaper here to buy the 6 pack of huge ones at Sams than to get the small ones, so I just put the whole net bag in the door and haven't had any trouble with them turning too fast. The way to tell if an avocado is ripe is to push on the little stem part. If it holds firm, it's not ripe. If it rolls off with a little nudge, it's ripe. If it's already gone it's probably overripe and possibly black streaked as well.
  7. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Sure, good sliced thin on samich as well as 40 other ways.

    Easier if one is handy in a fridge air tight container.
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  8. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    To get them to ripen faster put them in a bag with an apple or some cabbage (or other cruciferous vegetable). Both of these emit a gas that fosters ripening. When I worked in produce this was one of the tricks we used to get certain items to the desired level of ripeness for sale including overly green and cold bananas.
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  9. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    A guy I know started dating a woman he met at the grocery store when she asked the very same questions, they are getting married next year.

    I wonder how he will feel about avocados in a few years....;)
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  10. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Get 'em too green and you'll break your teeth trying to eat 'em. I just leave them out on the counter for a couple of days they're good to go. I use them in my daily salads.

    The outer hull is pretty tough to chew up and swallow, but is great fiber.
    Yes I'm joking.
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  11. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I got hooked on those things down in Central America. I got them right off the tree but they don't ripen on a tree so that's about the best place to store them. In paper bag stuffed in a cabinet, they ripen in about two days then you can refrigerate them to slow the ripening. Try a thick sliced avocado sandwich with just butter and salt.
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  12. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    Our small avocados are usually less than 50 cents, I saw an ad yesterday where the grocery market chain that caters to the South of the border people (I didn't know what to call them, hispanic is not a race) they were 5 for a dollar.

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  13. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Gotta love ethnic grocery stores
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  14. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    Yeah, I don't understand it, the Avocados I buy at WallyWorld are also grown in Mex.

  15. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    Man I wish the little ones were .50 each here. Even on sale they're .99. Amigos sometimes has them 2 for a buck, but they're generally about 4 days past ripe when that happens. The big ones run $1.99 each, but Sams has them 6 to a bag for 4.99 so I get that.
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  16. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    Mostly I get mine from the Avocado Jungle of Death.

    From the Cannibal Women, I mean.
  17. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    I'll bite.... what is teh AJoD and the CW?
  18. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    The Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death was a supremely cheezy movie filmed in 1989.
    It starred Adrienne Barbeaux, Bill Maher, and Shannon Tweed. It was written and directed by somebody, and only the skimpy costumes, big boobs and the six-pack abs of the male concubines could keep a viewer from poking their eyes out with a hot ice pick. Watch it once.

    Better yet, watch Hobo With a Shotgun instead.

    And don't forget to heat up your icepick for that one, either.

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