How Can I Tell When an Avocado Fruit Is Ripe?

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Question: How Can I Tell When an Avocado Fruit Is Ripe?

I am anxious for my baby to try an avocado fruit, but I don't know how to pick one from the grocery store. How can I tell if it is ripe?


Avocado is a great choice for baby. Sadly neglected, avocado as a first food for baby is a nutritious and developmentally appropriate for babies beginning solids. If you are unfamiliar with selecting a good avocado, rest assured it's a fairly simple selection process.

Selecting Ripe Avocado Fruit

If you want to purchase your avocado ripe and ready to eat, look for one that has a bumpy skin in a dark green shade. When you gently squeeze the avocado, it should be firm but give just a little under the pressure. Rock hard avocados are not yet ripe, and ones that feel soft are over ripe.

When you prepare the avocado for your baby, you'll notice that when you cut the ripe avocado in half the inside flesh is green that goes to a butter yellow toward the pit. This is a good indication that you've selected a perfect avocado.

Ripen Avocados in a Brown Paper Bag

If you'd rather allow your avocados ripen at home, you can hasten the process by placing them in a brown paper bag - just don't place them in the refrigerator when they are not ripe. Check regularly for ripeness. It's really that simple.

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