How to Pick a Ripe Avocado Every Single Time

There’s nothing worse than picking out what you think is a perfectly ripe avocado only to slice into it and discover nasty traces of brown. This trick will guarantee a green one every single time.

What you do: Instead of pressing your fingers into the peel, lift up the stem enough to see the color underneath. If it’s green, you’ve got a ripe one--it's ready to eat! If it’s brown, it’s old and is most likely chock-full of brown spots. 

But what if I can’t lift the stem at all? That just means the avocado isn’t ripe quite yet. (You can still buy it--just spot-check the stem to know the right time to slice it in two.) 

It’s not easy being green. Actually, it is. 

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From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.