Avocados.co.za know their avos, so they have shared some tips on how to make sure you can enjoy the perfect creamy avo!
When is the Avo perfectly Ripe?
- Please don’t squeeze! To test for ripeness, a green-skinned avo should yield to gentle pressure in the palm of your hand
- When an avocado is approaching eating ripeness, the short fruit stalk comes off easily when touched gently.
- In the Hass variety, the fruit skin changes its colour from green to purple/black during the ripening process.
- Unripe avos should be stored at room temperature, but if you want them to ripen quicker, wrap them in newspaper or put them in a brown paper bag together with a banana. Ripe avos should be stored in a household fridge to extend their longevity – but not for too long, or they may suffer from chilling injury!
- The majority of South Africa’s avocados are grown in the North-Eastern part of the country in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces
- Annual production of avocados in South Africa is in the region of 90 000 to approximately 120 000 tons!