Learn how to cut avocado with this easy step-by-step guide. The creamy and nutty flesh can be sliced, diced, or mashed to add nutritional benefits to savory recipes and even desserts.
Once you know how to cut an avocado, the culinary possibilities are endless. Mastering the technique to slice and dice an avocado is key to unlocking its delicate taste and nutritional benefits. Fan it out and make avocado toast, dice it up for tacos, mash it up for the best guacamole dip, or make chocolate mousse.
At first glance, it can be a little tricky to cut through the rough and bumpy outer layer and removing the large pit. Once cut open, the next hurdle is removing the delicate pulp which can be carefully scooped out or the skin peeled off.
Removing the Flesh of an Avocado: As easy as 1-2-3!
Use this technique to yield the most avocado meat while keeping it pretty for presentation. All you need are simple kitchen tools like a cutting board, large chef’s knife, spoon, and kitchen towel to get you closer to enjoying that creamy green flesh. Work carefully and slowly until you get the hang of the technique.
1. Separate the avocado into two halves. Stand a ripe avocado on end on a cutting board and insert the tip of a sharp knife into the stem end until you feel the pit. Next, cut all the way around the avocado in a circle, lengthwise, keeping the tip of the knife in contact with the pit along the way. Finally, gently twist the avocado halves to separate the two sections.
2. Remove the pit. Holding the avocado securely, carefully tap the back edge of a chef’s knife into the pit. Twist the knife and lift it straight up to remove the pit; to dislodge it from the knife, use a wooden spoon.
3. Remove the flesh from the skin.
Make long, lengthwise slits in each half of the avocado to create multiple parallel lines. Turn the fruit 90 degrees and cut similarly sized lines perpendicular to the other tracks as to form a crosshatch pattern. Use a large spoon to scoop the flesh out of the skin.
Now you can use the flesh in your favorite recipes, like this one for guacamole!
Grow Your Own Avocados!
Avocado fans, have you ever considered growing your own? If you’ve considering using Citrus.com to buy a citrus tree online, you’re in luck – we offer Florida avocado trees for sale, too!
Avocado trees are subtropical, and do best in warm, semi-humid climates with consistent temperatures and few hard freezes. But don’t think you need to live in Florida to successfully grow your own avocado tree – dwarf avocados can be grown indoors!
You can find a number of varieties of Avocado Trees for sale at Citrus.com (including the Hass Avocado Tree, which is the most popular in the US). You can also find potting mixes specially formulated for avocado trees, containing compost blended with sand for a loose, fast-draining composition, along with kits containing everything you need for avocado growing nutrition.
Keep in mind, however, if you want fruit from your tree, just any avocado tree for sale won’t do – for indoor growing, you’ll need a dwarf variety that’s been grafted onto rootstock.