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Over the past few decades, avocados have exploded in popularity. With their creamy texture and mild flavor, avocados are full of heart-healthy fat, fiber, and other nutrients — and they are delicious added to salads and grain bowls, piled onto hearty bread and served as avocado toast, or mashed into guacamole (you can even mash it up with peas).

The fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit!) has become so popular that some emergency rooms have reported an epidemic of “avocado hand,” an injury that can occur when the knife you’re using to cut an avocado slips through the soft fruit and into your hand. I’ll show you how to cut an avocado and avoid “avocado hand” below, but first let’s cover how to select an avocado for your favorite recipes.

How to select an avocado

A perfectly ripe avocado should yield to pressure when gently squeezed with the palm of your hand. (Don’t use your fingers as this may lead to bruising.) You can also gently remove the small stem at the avocado’s end.  If it comes off without much resistance and the flesh underneath is bright green, it’s likely that the avocado is ready to be eaten.

If you find that the store doesn’t have any perfectly ripe avocados, you can speed up the ripening process at home. Place the avocados inside a brown paper bag along with an apple or a banana, fold the bag shut, and leave it on the counter overnight. The fruits release a gas called ethylene, which helps the avocados ripen faster.

If your avocados ripen before you’re ready to use them, pop them in the fridge; this will significantly slow down the ripening process.

How To Cut An Avocado

Hold the end of the avocado in one hand and start cutting through the fruit until you hit the pit with your knife.

cutting avocado

Once you hit the pit, slowly rotate the avocado so that you’re cutting all the way around it.

cutting around the pit of the avocado

With one hand on each side, twist the avocado and pull the halves apart.

pulling the avocado halves apart

To remove the pit, lay a folded dishtowel in the palm of your hand and place the avocado half that contains the pit on top of the towel. (The dishtowel protects your hand in case the knife slips.) Gently grip the towel/avocado, and, with the knife in your other hand, carefully strike the pit with just enough force so the blade cuts into the very top of the pit.

removing the pit from the avocado

Once the knife is wedged into the pit, rotate the knife to loosen the pit from the flesh and pull it out. Remove the pit from the knife by scraping the edge of the knife on the trash can.

removing the pit

To dice the avocado, use a butter knife to gently cut slices through the flesh in one direction and then the other direction to make a crosshatch pattern. To slice the avocado, cut in one direction only.

dicing the avocado

Use a spoon to scoop out the pieces.

spooning out the avocado flesh

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Comments

  • After three restaurants and 40 plus years of observing sushi chefs. I finally discovered the ultimate way to cut an avocado.

    https://www.flickr.com/gp/kodakcollector/2i56w9

    I use this technique to make a bowl for stuffing. Sushi chefs use it to make thin slices for cutting thin slices to place on top of maki.

    This is not the only way to cut an avocado, but, it will impress your friends.

    • — Charlie on June 26, 2021
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  • To remove the seed push into the back of the seeded half and pop it right out.

    • — Bub on June 25, 2021
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  • After avocados are cut in half I find they usually peel pretty easily. Then you can place them flat side down on a cutting board and make nice slices (or dice) for sandwiches or salads.

    • — Florida on June 24, 2021
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    • Depends on the variety. Some skins are thinner and come off easily. Others are thicker and break into little pieces.

      • — Julz on June 24, 2021
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    • I agree n love avocado 🥑

      • — HeleneAlain Sudbury Ont on June 24, 2021
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    • That’s for the tip. I like the criss-cross #! I always put my avocado 🥑 down when I take out the pit. If your knife is not sharp enough I know many people who have cut themselves badly. Any suggestions on how to pick an avocado for salads or guacamole?

      • — Jamileh on June 25, 2021
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      • Hi Jamileh, A ripe avocado should yield to pressure when gently squeezed with the palm of your hand. (Don’t use your fingers as this may lead to bruising.) You can also gently remove the small stem at the avocado’s end. If it comes off without much resistance and the flesh underneath is bright green, it’s likely that the avocado is ready to be eaten. Hope that helps!

        • — Jenn on June 25, 2021
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