Saturday Supermarket Smarts: How to Pick the Perfect Avocado

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The best guacamole is made with creamy fleshed Hass avocados at the peak of ripeness.

Here's how to pick 'em:

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1. Look for a forest-green fruit. Darker skin means riper flesh.

2. Cradle it in the palm of your hand and gently squeeze. Guac-ready fruit will give slightly.

3. Flick off the stem. If it pops off easily and what's underneath is bright green (brown means it's overripe), you're good to go!

Once your avocados are ready to be used...

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Spread 'em on toast with eggs for the perfect protein-packed breakfast.

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Blend 'em up with sweet ingredients for an Avocado Semifreddo.

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Or, mix 'em up with all sorts of ingredients for 11 different twists on guacamole!

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