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Look for avocados that are heavy for their size and are free of bruises and dark sunken spots. Unripe avocados are hard to the touch. Place them in a brown paper bag at room temperature for two to three days to ripen. They are ready to eat when slightly soft.


Although there are about a hundred varieties of avocado, only a few are grown and consumed in the United States. The most commonly available variety is the Haas avocado, a dark-green, pebbly skinned avocado grown in California that is available year-round. Fuerte avocados are medium green and have a smoother skin. Grown in California, they are available in the fall and winter. Florida avocados are larger than those from California, have a smoother skin, and are lower in fat. Some jumbo avocados may be slightly lower in fat as well.

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