How to prepare an avocado
Cut the avocado in half: Using a sharp chef's knife, slice through the avocado lengthwise until you feel the knife hit the pit. Then rotate the avocado, keeping the knife steady, to make a cut all around the pit. Twist the two halves apart.
**Remove the pit:**Holding the half of the avocado with the pit in the palm of your hand, tap the pit with the blade of your knife so it enters the pit and sticks, it doesn't have to be very deep. Twist the knife and remove the pit. Use a paper towel to grab the pit and remove it from your knife. If you don't need to slice or dice the avocado, you can skip straight to scooping at this point.
**Slice or dice the flesh:**Holding half of the avocado in the palm of your hand and slice longways making sure that the knife does not go through the avocado skin and cut your hand, you can cut as thin or thick as you'd like. If you want your avocado diced, then do a quarter turn of the avocado in your palm and cut across your slices to the desired size.
**Scoop out the flesh:**Using a spoon, scoop the avocado out of the skin, inserting the spoon as close to the skin as you can to not lose even a little of this amazing fruit.
How to eat an avocado
This incredibly versatile fruit holds its own in both sweet and savory dishes. The creamy buttery texture of the green flesh spread on a piece of toast with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes has become the center of the brunch movement.
And the beautiful avocado is at the heart of guacamole which will make your taste buds soar, whether you eat it with chips or add it to a burrito or burger. They also enhance any salad, burger, or sandwich. Adding avocado to your smoothies is a wonderful way to make that smoothie even more healthy and hold you over even longer.
If that wasn't enough, avocados even work well in baking. You can substitute avocados for butter or shortening at a 1:1 ratio. In other words, 1 cup of butter equals one cup of pureed avocado flesh. This adds a bit of extra health benefit to your sweet treats! If you are looking for avocado recipes, we’ve got quite a few to choose from.
If your avocado has ridges: this is a perfectly natural and normal part of the fruit. They do not cause any damage to the fruit on the inside.
If your avocado has knicks or surface cuts: the journey an avocado takes to get to you can sometimes result in some bumps along the way. Note that knicks or surface cuts on an avocado from the packing house is not an indication of bad or spoiled fruit. Your avocado is still safe and ready to enjoy. If the knicks or cuts go into the fruit, please let us know by sending a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org