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Avocado ripeness varies depending on variety but for the most part as the fruit matures, the tree will sometimes lose blooms or change color. Fruit may change color slightly with a loss of glossiness. A simple test for ripeness is to hold the fruit in the palm of your hand and gently give it a squeeze. If it gives some, then the fruit is ready to pick. To test thick skinned varieties, remove the button at the stem end and insert a toothpick into the opening. If the meat is soft, the fruit is ready to eat.