An avocado is a bright green fruit with a large pit and a dark, leathery skin. Avocados are a favorite in the vegetable section and the preferred ingredient for guacamole dips. They can be found in everything from salads and wraps to smoothies and even brownies. This pear-shaped berry (yes, that’s right!) has become a superfood. We’ll give you a few tips on how to store avocado, whether it’s whole or cut open.
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How to store whole avocado?
A whole avocado is much easier to store than an avocado half because the skin protects the flesh from oxidation. However, you can take steps to extend the shelf life of your avocados (or speed up their ripening).
Store whole ripe avocado
Ripe, ready-to-eat avocados are best stored in the refrigerator to slow the ripening process. Store them in the low-humidity drawer of your refrigerator (most refrigerator drawers have a vent that allows you to adjust the humidity). They will keep for two to three days this way. It is only important that the avocados do not touch other fruits or vegetables. Otherwise, the ethylene secreted can significantly speed up the ripening process of the avocados and make them spoil faster.
Store whole unripe avocado
Unripe avocados that are not yet ready to eat should be stored at room temperature to speed up the ripening process. Leave them on the countertop and protect them from direct sunlight. Ripening can take up to five days. Check the ripeness daily by pressing lightly on the fruit to see if it yields to pressure.
Storage of sliced avocados
As soon as you cut open an avocado, you expose it to its greatest enemy: oxygen. The flesh of the avocado turns brown when it comes in contact with oxygen, due to a reactive enzyme and a process called oxidation.
Trying to keep an avocado half ripe is an uphill battle. But there are some preventative measures you can take to keep the beautiful green flesh from turning brown and rotting.
Store half avocado: ripe
- Store with lemon juice
Ripe, ready-to-eat halves of avocado are a real feast for the eyes. But they won’t stay that way for long. To keep them from turning brown, drizzle the flesh with a little lemon juice, lime juice or olive oil . The antioxidants in the lemon mean that the avocado will not brown so quickly.
Wrap the fruit halves with cling film and place them in the refrigerator. Store the halves with the pit, because the pit keeps the pulp longer.
- Store in water
You can also protect the avocado flesh with water. Fill a container with water and place the avocado in the water with the flesh facing down. Cover it and place it in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Storing half an avocado: unripe
While a ripe avocado half is a beautiful thing, there’s nothing worse than cutting into an avocado whose flesh is firm and inedible. Before you throw it away, take these steps: Drizzle the flesh with lemon or lime juice, put the halves back together and wrap them with plastic wrap. Place them in the refrigerator and check their ripeness daily.
To find out if you can freeze an avocado, click here .