The Best Time to Pick Avocados Off a Tree

If you grow your own avocados, you might be wondering... when are they ready to pick?

Unlike other fruits, different varieties of avocados mature at different rates throughout the year, and it's not as simple as giving your fruit a squeeze while they're on the tree. Because the thing is, avocados actually ripen OFF the tree.

Here's how to tell when your avocados are ready to pick (and how to ripen them faster).

The best way to tell whether your fruit is ready for harvest is to pick one nice, large, dark avocado from your tree, and then leave it out on the counter at room temperature.

At this point, the thing is rock hard. You can practically use it as a pestle for your mortar, or even a weapon for self-defense. Have you ever dropped an unripe avocado on your toes? Oy, it’s not pleasant.

If the fruit softens evenly within a week or so, then the rest of your avocados are good for the pickin’. If the fruit turns rubbery, shrivels up, or tastes bitter, then it isn’t quite ready yet.

Keep checking every other week by picking one fruit at a time until you find an avocado that ripens to the right consistency and flavor of your liking.

Once your avocados come into season, continue picking them regularly so they don’t over-mature on the tree.

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