Picking out the right avocado is a science — you don’t want it to be too hard or too mushy, and sometimes what looks and feels like a perfect specimen can turn out to be unappetizing. Maybe the bottom of the avocado felt just right when you pressed on it in the grocery store, but when you got home and cut it open, you were faced with black spots that make it practically unusable. Now you can’t create the avocado and egg sandwich that you’ve been craving. We feel your pain — it’s happened to the best of us.
Fear no more, because we have the grocery store hack — via Buzzfeed — that will get you a perfectly ripe avocado every time. Load up on the tortilla chips: all of your guacamole needs will be fulfilled. To find the ideal avocado, the trick is in the stem. When you find an avocado that you think is worthy of taking home, peel back the little stem: the color signifies whether or not it is ripe. If the color underneath the stem is a yellowish tint, that means your avocado is good for the taking. If the color is green, the avocado is under-ripe, and if the avocado is over-ripe, the area under the stem will be dark brown.
Now you have all of the knowledge you need to pick a perfectly ripe avocado every time you go to the supermarket. With avocados in hand, you can go home and make guacamole, avocado toast, and these 11 amazing recipes that all contain our favorite fruit.
Avocado and Apple Chicken Salad
Make a salad with apples, celery, pecans, onions, mint, and avocado for a refreshing lunch.
Avocado, Coconut, and Lime Sorbet
Who says avocados can’t be used in desserts? This recipe will change the way you view sorbet. Add avocado to your next coconut and lime sorbet recipe for a smooth finish.