The basis of guacamole, rich, buttery avocados (also known as alligator pears) are high in fat, but it’s the good, monounsaturated
kind that helps lower cholesterol—just eat them in moderation.
Season: Hass (California) avocados are available year-round; the larger Fuerte (Florida) variety is available late fall through spring.
How to Choose Avocados
Avocados ripen best after they’re picked. Select those that give with slight pressure for immediate use. Look for fruits that are without blemishes and heavy for their size. The creamy Hass variety is best for guacamole; others are firmer and better for salads.
How to Store Avocados
To ripen, set avocados in a paper bag (add an apple to quicken the process) at room temperature for up to 4 days. When ripe, they can be refrigerated for several days.
How to Use Avocados
Avocados should be eaten raw. Try them in sandwiches or salads.
Real Simple Avocado Recipes:
- Avocado, Radish, and Snow Pea Sandwich
- Steak Salad With Avocado and Onion
- Arugula Salad With Chicken and Avocado
- Oatmeal With Fried Egg and Avocado
- Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club
Fruits and vegetables at their peak right now.
Find out what's in season in your area right now, then locate a farmers' market near you.