Avocado is a fruit that has got a large pit along with a dark leathery which is bright green. The other name for avocado is alligator pears or butter fruit. People call it by different names.
They are a go-to ingredient for dips like guacamole. And in everything from salads and wraps to smoothies and even brownies, they pop up. And what, exactly, does this pear-shaped berry make it nutritious.
Avocados are undoubtedly one of the fruits with a very high amount of nutritions and obviously, they are loved by doctors as they are referred to the patients by them regularly. No wonder why they are called miracle fruit.
Avocados contain a lot of calories and you won’t believe the recommended serving size of this fruit is smaller than you will ever expect. ⅓ of a medium avocado is the recommended serving size that is 50 grams or 1.7 ounces. One ounce of an avocado contains 50 calories. This gives you a proper understanding of why they are full of health benefits.
Avocados have a high-fat content. Although as long as you eat them in moderation, it’s monounsaturated fat, which is a ‘healthy’ fat that could drop bad cholesterol.
In a 100 gram serving, you can receive
- Vitamin E of 2.07 milligrams
- The potassium of 485 milligrams
- Vitamin C 10 milligrams
- Eighty-one micrograms of folate
- Vitamin B6 0.257 milligrammes
Avocados are good for diabetic people because they are low on sugar.
They contain a high amount of fiber that helps to keep your stomach full for longer.
Avocado is one of the market’s most temperamental fruits. They have a very delicious taste and also come with a lot of health benefits. As we saw how nutritional they are it drives an image of why they are so popular.
One of the worst things you can experience in a kitchen is cutting an avocado. No, it is not the worst thing, the worst thing is after cutting it you find it is hard and unripe. If you do not know then unripe avocados are safe to eat. The only thing is their flavor is not good enough.
If you are thinking of preparing guacamole then unripe avocados are not a great choice, if you are in a rush and do not have a lot of time then you can still make good guacamole only that it will be a little bitter.
Today we will see how you should make guacamole using unripe avocados?
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Get the avocado and scoop it out from its shell and after that place it inside the mixing bowl. Start the mixer and let it get mashed and mixed up until you find the consistency good.
Now take some salt and add it along with pepper, lime juice, and if you like then you can also add some vegetables as per your preferences. I would recommend tomatoes, onions, or jalapeños.
It would be better to add extra ingredients because it will help to hide the bitter taste of the unripe avocados but make sure not to create a mess by adding too much.
You can also try adding extra onions or use some garlic powder as you will get some diversity in flavor.
Put it inside the refrigerator so that you can get a cool and delicious dip for any occasion.
If you have got some time then you can also ripen your avocados using some of the tips and tricks. You can try using them and prevent the bitter taste in your guacamole.
The below mentioned are some of the options you can try to ripen your avocados as this will help you to get guacamole which will be delicious and smooth. You can try this out as they are very easy and do not require a lot of effort.
You can use an oven or a microwave to ripen your avocado. For this, you will have to wrap your avocado thoroughly and properly in a foil of aluminum and place it on the baking dish, and put it inside the oven at a temperature of 200 degrees.
Keep checking on its softness every ten minutes. This can also be done using a microwave. The only change will be you have to use plastic wrap instead of an aluminum one while using a microwave.
The biggest reason why this thing works is that when avocados warm-up, they tend to release a gas called ethylene, this ethylene gas is a natural ripening agent. When you place the avocado in an oven and turn it on this gas is released a=nd gets trapped by the aluminum foil, this ripens itself. This will create a taste that will be slightly different than usual but a much better texture in comparison with an unripe avocado.
You can also try using this method if you do not have a microwave or an oven with you.
Bring the two halves back together, snugly fitting the pit back into its original location. Now wrap the fruit tightly. You can use plastic wrap for this. It is to be done tightly.
Air should not be able to go inside this wrap.
Now put this wrapped avocado into a paper bag along with an apple or banana. This is done because apples and bananas also release the ethylene gas that will help us to ripen the avocado.
The amount of time this will take depends. It depends on the condition of your avocado, how much your avocado needs to get ripened will be the factor determining the time it will take. It can vary anywhere between a few hours to a few days.
This is a good way to ripen your avocado naturally but it is only possible when you have a good amount of time with you.
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The method of ripening the avocados naturally by setting them on the counter is one of the easiest ways to ripe it.
The avocados that are greener can take up to 3 to 5 days to become perfect for consumption. While the avocados with darker skin will turn ripe quickly.
- If you want to ripen an avocado in a short time then keep it in a bowl or a paper bag along with a banana or an apple. Fruits like bananas, apples, kiwi, and avocados all generate ethene gas that helps to soften a hard fruit when it is kept next to it. This naturally produced gas breaks down the internal cell walls and it also converts starches into sugar which helps to naturally ripen the fruit.
- If you want to ripen the avocados in 1 to 2 days then you must keep it in a paper bag with one or two bananas. Due to this method, the gas that surrounds the fruit is concentrated. This method also leaves some space to allow the fruit to breathe. You must not use plastic bags that can suffocate the fruit. You can also ripen the fruit by this method by using stone fruits, melons, etc.
- When the avocado becomes ripe then you must keep it inside the fridge. You should store the avocados in the refrigerator if you cannot eat the avocado when it ripens. This will help to slow down the ripening process. The uncut avocados must be kept in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days.
If you do not feel like doing so much, you can also avoid so much work by just buying your avocado at the right time and by knowing if they are ripe or not.
You need to learn how to tell if your avocado is ripe enough for guacamole.
The most popular variety of avocados are the Green Hass avocados, they taste the best in February to August, also in this time frame April to August is the best and sweet for guacamole bound ones.
When the avocados are hung on the tree for more time the amount of oil in it increases.
So, the later it is selected in the season, the better they tend to be for both, eating and guacamole.
If you are standing inside a store and deciding over which avocado will be the ripest one to buy, there are few tricks that you need to know and keep them in mind.
If the green color of the avocado has darkened and turned to blackish green and also feels a little soft when you squeeze it, it is the sweet spot.
If the skin of the avocado is green and it feels hard to your hands when you squeeze it then probably they are unripe and will require a few days to get ripen.
On the other hand, if the skin is black and wrinkly and feels very squishy and soft when you squeeze it.
The avocado is too ripe to use. These types of overripe avocados can still be used but make sure to cut the bad looking parts.
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Even though you are the most experienced person, you can make an innocent mistake.
You check the avocados one by one, thinking that you will get an avocado that is good for consuming it at that moment itself.
If the avocado’s green Hass color becomes dark to a blackish-green color and it becomes soft when you slightly squeeze it then it becomes ready to eat. If the skin of the avocado is black and has some dimples on it and if it feels squishy when you gently squeeze it then it means that you have waited for a long time. You should cut these avocados.
While cutting such avocados you should cut the black spots so that it will not affect the flavor of the guacamole.
Sometimes it may happen that when you cut the avocados into halves you may get to know that it is not soft enough to eat. Most people prefer to put that avocado in a smoothie.
If you try joining those halves together then it might become soft. But this method will not work very well.
Avocados are very good for everyone. They come with a good refreshing taste. Doctors prescribe avocados as they have a lot of health benefits along with the taste.
As we earlier saw the nutritional value an avocado has. It is pretty clear why they are so popular.they can be used to make guacamole.
For this, you need to ripen avocados. You can still make guacamole using unripe avocados but they will tend to taste a little bitter.
I would recommend using ripen avocados to make guacamole and do not consider making it using unripe ones.
Today we saw how to make guacamole using unripe avocados and also saw how to make the guacamole taste better.
We also explored the ways to use ripening avocados.
I hope you find this article useful and now you will be able to decide which is the ripest avocado and the best one for guacamole when you will be in a store.