Why do Avocados turn brown?

When you cut an avocado, you’re breaking the cellular walls which causes oxidation to occur. This oxidation process can be prevented by adding an acidic agent and limiting the surface area exposed to the air.

How to store Avocados?

Uncut Raw Avocado

Store raw avocados at room temperature. It generally takes anywhere from four to seven days for a hard avocado to fully ripen.

Fasten the ripening process

Keep avocados in a paper bag which will speed up the ripening process like most other fruits. Placing an apple in the bag will help hurry things along even more. This usually cuts down the ripening time to 1 to 3 days.

If you want to slow down the ripening process, store in the refrigerator.

Cut Unripe Avocados – If you have cut open your avocado and found it to be unripe, sprinkle the exposed flesh of the avocado with lemon or lime juice, place the two halves back together and cover tightly with clear plastic wrap before placing in the refrigerator. Check the avocado periodically to see if it has softened up enough to eat. Depending on firmness when the fruit was cut and temperature conditions, the ripening process will vary.

Uncut Ripe Avocados

Fully ripened avocados can be stored in the refrigerator wrapped in a plastic bag. They will stay fresh for 4-6 days in a refrigerator.

Cut Ripe Avocados  Sprinkle cut, mashed or sliced fruit with lemon or lime juice or another acidic agent and place in an air-tight container or tightly covered clear plastic wrap. The fruit can be stored in your refrigerator for a day.


Now that you have perfectly ripe avocados in your kitchen, click here for some delicious ways to use them.