Never Buy A Rotten Avocado Again

I love avocados. They are a healthy snack to have around the house. They are a great addition to salads. And who doesn't like guacamole?

But buying avocados has always been a crap shoot. Ripe vs overripe is hard to tell just by looking at the skin. Pressing the skin to see if there is some "give" to the flesh has been my go-to method for a while - but many times, when I get home and cut into the avocado I find that it is full of brown spots. 

Well, I think I have found the answer in a post from Northwest Edible Life. It turns out that the stem end can give you the information that you need to close the deal on buying avocados.

First, select an avocado that looks like a reasonable candidate. The skin should be very dark green-to-black and bumpy. The fruit should feel heavy and firm, with no obvious smooshy parts or flat areas.

Now, here is the trick. You can get a sneak peek at what is inside by flicking off the stem end and examining what lies underneath.

If you see a brown patch then you have selected a rotten avocado. Put it back.

If the fruit under the stem looks like the color of a great avocado then you have a winner.


You can also purchase your avocados hard and green. They will ripen on your kitchen counter. Once they look like the are ripe use the stem test to pick the ones that are perfect.

Michael Liss