Avocados are pear-shaped fruit with rough leathery skin and smooth, oily flesh with large pits in the middle. Avocados are also known as alligator pears.


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Health Benefits

  • Concentrated source of heart-healthy fats.

  • Contain more potassium than a banana.

  • Good source of fiber.

How To:



Avocados are at their peak level of ripeness when they yield to firm pressure. At this point, their skin color is usually dark green to nearly black.



  1. Use a sharp chef's knife to cut the avocado in half.
  2. Be sure to cut all the way around the pit.
  3. Twist the two halves to separate.
  4. Use your knife to then cut around the half containing the pit.
  5. Simply twist apart, removing the pit.
  6. Use a spoon to then remove the whole avocado from the shell if necessary.


If your avocado is ripe but you aren't ready to use it, store it in the refrigerator to press "pause" and avoid over-ripening.

Better For You Tip

Avocados are nutrient-packed superfoods. One serving contains over 20 different vitamins and minerals, and they can be added to almost any food or recipe to replace other solid fats.