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Q.Outdoor Avocados When Ripe

Anonymous added on August 20, 2012 | Answered

I have a four-year-old avocado tree in my backyard that for the first time has about 15 fruits about 3 inches x 4 inches in size. They are green and firm now. When should I pick them to eat?

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Answered on August 21, 2012

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.

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