I’ll be the first to admit that choosing the perfect avocado takes a little bit of practice. The first avocado I ever purchased was so unripe it was entirely inedible. And the one after that was so overripe it turned into guacamole on the car ride home. Even once I thought I had mastered the squeeze test, I can’t even tell you how many seemingly perfect avocados I brought home that were covered with brown spots on the inside.
Thankfully a while back a friend showed me how to choose a perfect avocado and I now have an 85-90% success rate. No more overripe, underripe or slimy brown messes.
Here’s how to do it:
First, check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there’s no give, the avocado isn’t ripe so leave it right where it is. Now, if your gentle press leaves a serious imprint, it’s most likely way overripe––so just pretend you didn’t dent it and grab another.
When the squeeze test yields just the right amount of give, lift up that little button. Most people don’t know this but that button is essentially a “window” into the avocado’s soul.
If the flesh beneath the button is a light green you’ve got a winner. If it’s brown though, that avocado is likely a big brown mess inside. In that case, gently press the button back in place and walk away like you never saw anything.
Just make sure you find yourself a greenie first!
Had you heard of the button trick before?
I had never heard of the button test before! And I am a huge fan of avocados. I will have to try that next time! Thanks for the tip!
Great tips! There’s no greater satisfaction than picking the perfect avocado!
Great post! I definitely hadn’t heard of the button trick. Thanks for sharing!
I didn’t even realize how much of a challenge I found this until I saw the title of this post and immediately thought YEEEEESSS! Thanks for the tips, I can’t wait to try it out!
Avocado picking is definitely a precise science… I’m impressed with your sneaking around the grocery store, I will have to try your button trick this weekend!
genius i say!!!
Great tips! I love how you encourage slightly sneaky shopping, too. If no one saw it, it doesn’t count, right? ;)
We were having this discussion in the office yesterday! Thanks for sharing :)
walk away like you never saw anything haha
I’ve had some extreme misses with avocados in the past so I’m excited to try out this tip.
Thanks for sharing!
This is awesome – thank you for sharing the “button” trick! I laughed out loud about the “put it back and walk away like you never saw anything.” I think I’ve given a few avocados a too-firm squeeze in my day, panicked and threw it back into the pile ;)
I didn’t know that one. Great trick. Avocados are certainly on my weekly shopping list, and this will be very helpful.
Haha, so cool!! I definitely didn’t know about the “window” trick! Thanks for sharing :)
I’ve heard that if the button pops off, then it’s ripe, if it doesn’t then it will be hard inside. I’ll have to start looking for green under the button! Good tips!
Thank you! We don’t eat many avocados in Italy (way too expensive) but I’m a big fan now that I moved to London and this is definitely helpful! :)
I LOVE avacados! I have started to put them on (almost) everything and it instantly makes whatever I’m eating better :)