How to Cut and Prepare an Avocado: A Beginner’s Guide

As avocados seem to become more and more popular, you’ll want to find out how to cut and prepare an avocado correctly. You can safely cut and prepare this delicious fruit for a quick snack or for your next event.

How to Cut Your Avocado

1. Slice the avocado all the way around: Before you begin to cut, you’ll want to lay the fruit on the side of your cutting board. With your knife in one hand, and the avocado in the other, carefully cut the avocado in the middle and slowly rotate it around. You’ll want to do this until you reach the beginning of your cut.

2. Twist: While holding your fruit, twist the avocado to separate the pieces. This will twist the inside of the avocado, making it easier to divide into two pieces.

3. Remove the pit: One of your slices will contain the pit. Take a spoon and pot out the pit.

4. Start peeling: If you desire to peel your avocado, you can use your fingers or spoon.

5. Slice: Place your avocado down on the cutting board and begin to slice. You may choose to chop it up or cut into wedges if you’re preparing a salad. Spray a little lemon or lime juice to prevent them from browning.

How to Tell if Your Avocado is Under or Overripe

If you notice that your avocado has a pale color, this means that it is underripe. If you’re avocado is overripe, then you’ll notice that it will be mushy. If you notice that your fruit is too firm, then it is most likely not ripe enough to cut and prepare.

If you’re looking for another way to test the ripeness of an avocado, you’ll want to look at the top of the fruit where it would have been connected to the tree. You’ll see a round piece of the stem. If you can pull this piece out easily, then the avocado is ripe enough to be used.