This blog is for anyone and everyone who loves to eat Avocados - especially those from California! (The avocados, not you. You can be from anywhere... ;-) The "Avocado Diva" sources unique and rare avocados - and ships them to your door! There are also loads of recipes, stories about avocados - how to grow them, how to eat them, where they come from - everything AVOCADO all the time! Check out our "heritage" avocados and our "avocado of the month club".
Thursday, November 10, 2011
How to Ripen an Avocado
Now that you know Winter Variety Avocados are on their way (Zutano, Bacon, Fuerte - YUM!) here is the answer to the most common question the Avocado Diva hears:
"How do I ripen my avocado?"
Ripening Tips for Avocados:
(1) you CAN refrigerate them (in the crisper is best). Don't do it for too long (no more than a week or 10 days at max). This will extend their life. NOTE: commercially grown fruit is often given a "gassing" to ripen them before they go to the store. It's not harmful, but it will effect the length of time they can stay in a fridge. Whereas if you get them from the Diva or a Farmer's market or your neighbor - they will last longer.
(2) To ripen put on the counter in a cool, warm place (not hot).
(3) To ripen faster - put fruit together (several avos, or add apples/bananas to the bowl). They give off a chemical together that ripens themselves faster.
(4) To ripen FASTEST - put in a thick sided cardboard box or heavy paper bag (double a Trader Joe's bag, for example) - and add a big bunch of YELLOW bananas - fold it closed (staple it) and put in a warm, dry spot (like a sun ray!) The Diva has been able to ripen avocados for dinner that way... (not always -- but sometimes!) At the MOST they will ripen from rock hard to edible in 2 - 3 days.
The Diva ships you avocados RIGHT from the tree - so they DO arrive priority mail - very hard still. We also ship a detailed instruction sheet on how to ripen them (so you can choose - to ripen them all at once -- or "string them out" over a few weeks and enjoy your avocados for a long time!) We also send you a special "Diva ripening bag" to help you get started. Why not order a box today? Or better yet, join our "Diva Club - and help save Heritage Avocado Trees - plus be the FIRST to get the best of the best for that month. We love our Diva Club Members!