The most important part of picking produce, is making sure that your item is ripe.
I love avocados, but if the avocado isn't ripe, it can ruin a whole dish. It should be soft, but not mushy. It should have a creamy texture, and the meat of the fruit should be free of brown spots and blemishes. If you have a ripe avocado preparation will also be easy: the pit will come out easily with a quick twist of a chef's knife.
I never realized how much I loved avocados until Rafe's sister Aliza made guacamole the first time I met her. Rafe often makes his sister's recipe with his own spin with some red onion and cilantro, and I request it often. But no matter the recipe, a huge part of their guac prowess is their ability to pick out the perfect fruit.
Rafe has been tutoring me for about 3 years, and I think I can finally spot an avocado at the market that will pass his test. The fruit should be deep and dark, the skin should be nearly black. It should be soft, but not mushy, and if you press into the skin it should give a bit, and leave a TINY indent.
When making guacamole, or simply topping a sandwich or salad with avocado, following these instructions for picking your fruit will ensure that you have a fresh, ripe avocado with a perfect texture.
What is your favorite avocado recipe?