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July 15, 2014 2 min read

I am a recent convert to the avocado camp, until about a year ago I don’t think I had ever allowed an avocado to pass my lips (silly MK), but now I have seen the light and I am ALL ABOUT the avocado. Brimming with health benefits and nutrients, like healthy fats, vitamin E, potassium, not to mention eating avocados is one of the only ways I’ve been able to tame my dryer than the Sahara desert skin. The only problem is that the avocado can be a fickle fruit, which left me with so many questions. If you are similarly a frustrated avocadoholic, I’ve compiled some fun facts and helpful tips for dealing with avocados.

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How to tell if they’re ripe or not: look for very dark green to black, no noticeably smooshy parts, and should feel hefty. Now prepare for your mind to be blown; here is the real trick to tell if an avocado is ripe: flick off the stem. If it’s brown put it back, if it’s bright yellow green, then you’ve found a winner. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  vs.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Best way to peel an avocado: start by cutting the avocado lengthwise around the pit, and twist to separate. Scoop the pit out with a spoon. Cut the avocado with a crosshatch pattern and scoop out with a spoon, or, if the avocado is ripe enough, cut into quarters and just peel the skin right off. avocado-cut-2   avocado-cut-5a How to ripen an avocado that’s already cut: you’ve got your avocado but you were a bit quick to the draw and now your faced with two hard bitter avocado halves. Not to worry, simply put the halves back together tightly to avoid air getting in, you can put an elastic band around the halves or tape it along the cut edge. Then, put the avocado in a paper bag or wrapped in newspaper with a banana or an apple. The ethylene in the fruit will help trigger a ripening hormone, so within 24 hours your avocado will be ready to use. How to keep them from going brown: an avocado will turn brown pretty quickly after being exposed to oxygen, which make them difficult to store. Trying to limit exposure to air is the obvious answer, but it often doesn’t do the trick. Try putting the half avocado with the pit in an airtight container with a piece of cut up onion. avocado2 Recipes to try: Avocado Mint Cream Bars, Simple Avocado Salsa, Creamy Garlic Avocado Dip, Creamy Avocado Pesto Sources:   http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/17/avocado-benefits.aspx http://www.thekitchn.com/the-best-way-to-keep-cut-avocado-fresh-126950 http://www.nwedible.com/2012/05/never-buy-a-rotten-avocado-again.html http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cut_and_peel_an_avocado/  

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