How To Buy The Best Avocados
Learn how to buy the best avocados this season as buying the best avocados is an art not known to many. For selecting the perfect avocados one needs to judge this fruit for four factors. Season, variety, size of avocado and area where it is grown determines the quality of avocado.
Although the main season for avocados is late winter/early spring, they are available in markets throughout the year.
The most common types of avocadoes available at the markets are Hass, Fuerte and Argentinean avocado.
Avocados are mostly pear shaped, though there are some round shaped varieties also available.The fruit grows on tall trees, which nurture in groves. The rich, pale yellow-green flesh of the pear-shaped fruit has a texture similar to a firm ripe banana.
It is the oil content of Avocado which makes the fruit smooth and buttery, with a faintly nutty flavor. The oil content is comparatively low at the beginning of the season than at the end. However, it’s very hard to make this out from the skin of avocados.
If you want to buy the best avocados look for the ones with perfect feel and smoothness; check for uniformity of skin. Do not pick up avocados with spots and bruises or those with hollows between the skin and flesh. You can do a test by shaking the fruit; don’t buy if the pit is loose.
While picking up Hass and Argentinean avocado, look for the color. If the avocado has a slight green shade, do not buy as the fruit is still not ready. But if you see a shining, black avocado, do not miss it. Also, look for the top. If it is a bit squishy, you have got one of the best avocados of the season. If the avocado does not yield to mild pressure it is considered still "firm" and will be ripe in a few days. If the avocado feels syrupy or very soft to the touch it may be overripe.
The other variety of avocado i.e. the Fuerte is harvested in Florida and is green. The skin of Fuerte is smooth and it tastes light. Since the skin is soft, it gets easily bruised. So, the trick of buying the best avocado here is to check the skin. If the skin is firm and smooth, you can buy it.
Enjoy the fruit, this season by picking up the best.
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