Five hacks for avocado lovers

Things you should know about Queensland’s popular fruit – the avocado.

Avocados rose to fame in cafes when it was served as smashed avo on toast. Now Queenslander’s can’t get enough of it and are adding avocados to salads, soups, pastas, smoothies and even some desserts. Not only are fans eating it, they are also wearing it. The fruit has also become a fashion icon online featuring in internet memes, graphic t-shirt designs and tattoos.

If you love your avocado, you’ll enjoy these hacks to help you make the most of this fabulous fruit.

1. Check under the avocado stem to see how ripe it is
To check if an avocado is ripe enough before cutting it, peel off the stem and look underneath. If it is bright green, the fruit is ripe and ready to eat.

2. Remove the seed with a spoon
You can eliminate the risk of cutting yourself with a knife when removing the seed from the middle of the fruit in the traditional way. Instead of using a sharp knife to stab the seed and twist it out, simply get a tablespoon and scoop underneath the seed and lift it out of the fruit. There’s no risk and very little mess.

3. Ripen an avocado in 10 minutes
Wrap the unripe avocado in aluminium foil and pop it in a hot oven. It will soften in around 10 minutes. Then cool it off before serving/smashing/mashing. If you have more time on your hands, put the unripe avocado in a paper bag with a banana or apple. Those fruits release ethylene gas, which helps speed up the ripening process.

4. Keep a ripe avocado fresh for a few days.
Put it in the crisper in the fridge. This will extend its life for a few more days depending on how ripe it is when you store it. Use lemon juice to stop the avocado from browning in the fridge.

5. Plant the avocado seed and grow your own avocado tree

Clean the avocado seed and stick three toothpicks at a slight downward angle into the avocado seek. Place the seek half submerged in a glass of waters and wait for the seek to sprout. Pot the seed in soil when the tree is about 15cm tall. Water and watch it grow!