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Avocados
« on: April 07, 2013, 05:58:13 AM »
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?
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2013, 07:36:54 AM »
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.
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2013, 07:44:38 AM »
Once they ripen they will last about a week in your refridgerator
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2013, 09:27:24 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 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.

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Re: Avocados
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013, 10:35:35 AM »
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.
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2013, 12:30:21 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. :)
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013, 12:37:57 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.
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2013, 12:40:27 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?
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2013, 01:58:04 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?

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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.
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2013, 04:15:43 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.
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2013, 05:46:21 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. :)
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. 
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2013, 05:59:16 PM »

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.

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Re: Avocados
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2013, 06:33:39 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 ripen

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Re: Avocados
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2013, 10:53:14 PM »
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. 
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Re: Avocados
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2013, 04:48:28 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.
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