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Title: Avocados
Post by: majorvices on April 07, 2013, 12:58:13 PM
I can get a bag of avocados at Costco on the dirt cheap, I think you get 6 or 7 for $3 or so. Problem is they are rock hard when I get them and I never can get through the whole bag before I have to throw them away. And it's tricky trying to plan dinners when you never exactly know when even a single avocado from the store is ripe.

And one know any tricks on quick ripening or storage of avocados?
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: a10t2 on April 07, 2013, 02:36:54 PM
If you keep them in a bowl with citrus fruits they'll ripen faster, or at least that's the old wives' tale. It seems to work for me.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: gymrat on April 07, 2013, 02:44:38 PM
Once they ripen they will last about a week in your refridgerator
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: amh0001 on April 07, 2013, 04:27:24 PM
Yes!

I did this one time, i put an apple and a orange in a paper bag with the avocados, and it helped them ripen faster. I guess the fruits give off some sort of chemical that helps the avocados do their thing.


Also, a few avocado things u can make:

Gwak a mole eh - Mush those suckers up with some lime juice, sour cream and a salt and pepper. Yum.

Sub for Mayo on a sandwich, much healthier too.

Add them to a whole grain tortilla Queso dilla.

CHeers!
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: jeffy on April 07, 2013, 05:35:35 PM
I have an avocado tree at my house which finally started giving a lot of fruit in the last two years.  It's the same for me - they pretty much all ripen at the same time.  I think if you put some in the fridge, some on the counter and some in a bag with fruit you could space it out pretty well.  I leave mine on the tree as long as I can.  They taste the best ripened on the branch.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: tschmidlin on April 07, 2013, 07:30:21 PM
Jeff, I thought they didn't start ripening on the tree, only after you pick them?  That's what I'd heard anyway.  Not like I can grow avos here.

Guac is great, we also throw them in a salad which means it goes with any dinner, no planning required - just give them a squeeze and if they're soft, put one in the salad. :)
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: jeffy on April 07, 2013, 07:37:57 PM
Jeff, I thought they didn't start ripening on the tree, only after you pick them?  That's what I'd heard anyway.  Not like I can grow avos here.

Guac is great, we also throw them in a salad which means it goes with any dinner, no planning required - just give them a squeeze and if they're soft, put one in the salad. :)
I seem to remember from last year that they would get soft on the tree. 
I hate it when some critter gets a taste before I do.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: tschmidlin on April 07, 2013, 07:40:27 PM
Jeff, I thought they didn't start ripening on the tree, only after you pick them?  That's what I'd heard anyway.  Not like I can grow avos here.

Guac is great, we also throw them in a salad which means it goes with any dinner, no planning required - just give them a squeeze and if they're soft, put one in the salad. :)
I seem to remember from last year that they would get soft on the tree. 
I hate it when some critter gets a taste before I do.
Do you just give them away?
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: jeffy on April 07, 2013, 08:58:04 PM
Jeff, I thought they didn't start ripening on the tree, only after you pick them?  That's what I'd heard anyway.  Not like I can grow avos here.

Guac is great, we also throw them in a salad which means it goes with any dinner, no planning required - just give them a squeeze and if they're soft, put one in the salad. :)
I seem to remember from last year that they would get soft on the tree. 
I hate it when some critter gets a taste before I do.
Do you just give them away?

No, they are mine.  All mine.  BWAHAHA!
Birds and squirrels and possums and probably raccoons live around here.  Trouble is they just take a few bites and then decide to leave them on the ground.  I hate that.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: tschmidlin on April 07, 2013, 11:15:43 PM
Jeff, I thought they didn't start ripening on the tree, only after you pick them?  That's what I'd heard anyway.  Not like I can grow avos here.

Guac is great, we also throw them in a salad which means it goes with any dinner, no planning required - just give them a squeeze and if they're soft, put one in the salad. :)
I seem to remember from last year that they would get soft on the tree. 
I hate it when some critter gets a taste before I do.
Do you just give them away?

No, they are mine.  All mine.  BWAHAHA!
Birds and squirrels and possums and probably raccoons live around here.  Trouble is they just take a few bites and then decide to leave them on the ground.  I hate that.
The birds do the same to our apples and cherries, the little bastards.  I was just wondering if you gave some away before they rotted :)  We keep offering extra apples to the neighbors, but apples in WA aren't hard to come by.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: jeffy on April 08, 2013, 12:46:21 AM
Jeff, I thought they didn't start ripening on the tree, only after you pick them?  That's what I'd heard anyway.  Not like I can grow avos here.

Guac is great, we also throw them in a salad which means it goes with any dinner, no planning required - just give them a squeeze and if they're soft, put one in the salad. :)
I seem to remember from last year that they would get soft on the tree. 
I hate it when some critter gets a taste before I do.
Do you just give them away?

No, they are mine.  All mine.  BWAHAHA!
Birds and squirrels and possums and probably raccoons live around here.  Trouble is they just take a few bites and then decide to leave them on the ground.  I hate that.
The birds do the same to our apples and cherries, the little bastards.  I was just wondering if you gave some away before they rotted :)  We keep offering extra apples to the neighbors, but apples in WA aren't hard to come by.
It's the same here with citrus fruit.  I hate to see it, but they just stay on the tree. 
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: mabrungard on April 08, 2013, 12:59:16 AM

Birds and squirrels and possums and probably raccoons live around here.  Trouble is they just take a few bites and then decide to leave them on the ground.  I hate that.

That is what a high-velocity air rifle is for!
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: gmac on April 08, 2013, 01:33:39 AM
Yes!

I did this one time, i put an apple and a orange in a paper bag with the avocados, and it helped them ripen faster. I guess the fruits give off some sort of chemical that helps the avocados do ripen

CHeers!

The mystery chemical is ethylene gas. Apples, pears and bananas all give it off.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: punatic on April 08, 2013, 05:53:14 AM
Hell... I don't know. Mostly I don't mess with them until they are just a few days from eating-ripe.

With my trees, I pick them up off of the ground when they fall down (a sure sign of ripeness).  I just have to fight the mongooses (mongeese?) for them.  Mongooses LOVE avocados.

I don't know of any way to accelerate the ripening process.  If you pick them too early they never get right.

FWIW - I eat homegrown avocados pretty much every day. 
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: jeffy on April 08, 2013, 11:48:28 AM


FWIW - I eat homegrown avocados pretty much every day.

Do they not have a season there?  My tree survived the late cold snap and now has lots of little green fruit buds, but it'll be quite a while before they are ripe.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: morticaixavier on April 08, 2013, 03:00:24 PM


FWIW - I eat homegrown avocados pretty much every day.

Do they not have a season there?  My tree survived the late cold snap and now has lots of little green fruit buds, but it'll be quite a while before they are ripe.

they don't have seasons there.

Hey Carl, been a while
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: Joe Sr. on April 08, 2013, 03:34:41 PM
I have one avocado pit I've been able to sprout.  It looks sad on my window sill.  Now that it's warming up, I will pot it and put it on the porch.  It will never bear fruit, but what the heck.

My pineapple is still going strong in a pot.  That, too, will move outside once it's warm.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: punatic on April 15, 2013, 01:05:00 AM


FWIW - I eat homegrown avocados pretty much every day.

Do they not have a season there?  My tree survived the late cold snap and now has lots of little green fruit buds, but it'll be quite a while before they are ripe.
Like citrus, different varieties of avocado have different seasons.  If trees are chosen correctly you can have avocados in season year round.  Of course it helps to live where it never freezes (at least no freezing down here at sea level).
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: 1vertical on May 08, 2013, 05:21:27 AM
I am thinking, harvested cleaned avacado, lemon juice, and vacuum sealer along with refrigeration....
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: deepsouth on May 08, 2013, 02:32:31 PM
cut in half and grill with a little olive oil and your favorite bbq rub.  that ought to get you through a couple out of the bag.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: euge on May 08, 2013, 08:13:28 PM
I am thinking, harvested cleaned avacado, lemon juice, and vacuum sealer along with refrigeration....

If you leave the seed in they won't discolor. So I would mash up several together, and vacseal along with the pit. Should refrigerate for a while.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: deepsouth on May 08, 2013, 08:37:19 PM
I am thinking, harvested cleaned avacado, lemon juice, and vacuum sealer along with refrigeration....

If you leave the seed in they won't discolor. So I would mash up several together, and vacseal along with the pit. Should refrigerate for a while.

great info.  thanks.
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: punatic on May 09, 2013, 07:57:20 AM
Fresh avocado chunks, Japanese cucumber slices, plum tomato chunks and sweet Maui onion (think Vidalia onions) shavings, drizzled with homemade honey vinegar and EVOO.  YUM!
Title: Re: Avocados
Post by: redbeerman on May 09, 2013, 11:47:05 AM
Fresh avocado chunks, Japanese cucumber slices, plum tomato chunks and sweet Maui onion (think Vidalia onions) shavings, drizzled with homemade honey vinegar and EVOO.  YUM!

Sounds great, Carl!