Depending on the variety, a ripe avocado has either green or darkish brown skin. The skin of the common Hass variety is green when under-ripe, then becomes pitted and almost black when fully ripened. A ripe avocado yields gently to a little pressure when held. Prone to bruising, avocados must be treated carefully when prepared.

...Prepare avocados

Step by step

1 Halve the avocados and remove the stone by placing each avocado half on a board and firmly inserting a large, sharp knife in the stone, keeping your fingers well away.

2 Twist the knife, which should help to release the stone. Lift the stone out of the avocado half.

3 Drag the knife against the side of the board to release the stone from the knife.

A note on discolouration...

To avoid discolouration, the cut sides should be rubbed with a little lemon juice if they are not being served immediately.

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