The exotic fruit of avocado attracts with its unusual taste and utility. Choosing it, it is very easy to make a mistake and buy not exactly the kind of fruit that we would like. When the avocado caught the right ripeness, you can get great pleasure from it.
In order not to waste money and not be disappointed, it is worth knowing the nuances that will help make the choice correctly.
Avocado Usefulness and Use
The composition of the avocado is a lot of vitamins and minerals. In the complex, they have a positive effect on the human body.
Avocados contain polyunsaturated fatty acids that help improve memory, increase its concentration, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Due to potassium, which is part of the fruit, stress resistance increases and water-salt metabolism normalizes. Copper and iron save from anemia.
Avocados have a valuable ability to lower blood pressure. Therefore, the fruit is useful to those prone to hypertension.
Avocado size is from 5 to 10 centimeters. The weight of the fruit is in the region of 200 grams, although there are fruits up to a kilogram.
Avocados can have a different shape:
Regardless of this, ripe fruit produces excellent mashed potatoes, smoothies and cocktails. The flesh of the fruit can be spread on bread and enjoy a pleasant creamy taste. Avocados are added to salads and used to make rolls.
Secrets to choosing avocado
Choosing an avocado, you need to consider it from all sides. On the peel should not be any damage, cracks or points. Stains indicate that the fruit is overripe, and possibly rotted inside. Attention should be paid to the level of ripeness of avocado. If the fruit is not fully ripe, then it has a hard pulp, and the taste is bitter and cloying.
Ripe fruit is sweet and tasty. The pulp of the avocado is oily, tender. It can be easily crushed with a fork. This is the fruit and need to buy.
Avocados are selected based on criteria:
- skin color;
Depending on the degree of maturation of the fetus, different colors of the peel are observed:
- Light green. This color suggests that the avocado is not ripe. Bring it to a ripe state can be on the windowsill. But it will take at least five days for the fruit to become soft and pliable.
- Moderately green. If the avocado has this color, then it remains for two days to complete ripeness.
- Rich green. It is enough for the fruit to lie down for about a day to turn into a ripe fruit.
- Dark green with a brownish tinge. The fruit can and should be eaten immediately after purchase.
Having touched the fruit and slightly pressing the fingers on the peel, it is possible to determine the degree of its maturity with almost 100% probability. If the avocado feels slightly bent when pressed, and then the dent quickly flattened, then the fruit should be excellent. It is soft, but not loose. The elasticity of the skin suggests that the fruit is not overripe.
Shank is another distinctive feature that allows you to make a choice. In soft avocados, it can be light yellow or dark brown. It is better to choose a fruit with a light handle, because its dark color indicates that avocados have already ripened and have lost some of their usefulness and taste. There is a bone inside the fruit. If you hear a knock when you shake the fruit, you can safely buy it - it is ripe and juicy.
When avocados are bought for the future, it is better to choose a hard and hard fruit.
What to do with an under-served avocado
The most delicious fruits of any fruit are ripe. This fully applies to avocados.
Solid and immature fruits taste like an unripe pear or pumpkin, and they do not need to be eaten right away. But when to find ripe avocados failed, do not be upset.
If you put the fruit in a cozy place in the kitchen or room, they are likely to ripen in two or three days. In this avocado are similar to bananas. Although sometimes it happens that instead of ripening, the fruits start to deteriorate. This happens when they are disrupted too soon or damaged during transportation.
You can put missed avocados in one paper bag with apples or bananas. This will significantly speed up the ripening process. The same result is obtained if you wrap the avocado in paper and store it at a temperature in excess of 25 degrees.
But in the fridge unripe fruits should not be kept. Instead of ripening, they will start to rot.
If you have not yet made friends with such an exotic fruit as avocados, do it now. Choose ripe fruits and taste them. Most likely, avocado will turn into one of favorite fruit.