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Storage and Ripening

To get the best out of your fruit, always handle your avocados gently and store them carefully. To ensure your avocados get the most appropriate care, follow these instructions when storing your fruit.

How to Store

  • Store whole, ripe avocados in the refrigerator uncut for two to three days.
  • If cut, sprinkle avocado with lemon or lime juice, or white vinegar, then place it in an air-tight container in your refrigerator and eat within a day or two.
  • Refrigerated guacamole will turn brown during storage; to use, simply discard the top, browned layer.
  • Guacamole, dip or puréed avocado needs to be covered with glad wrap for storage. To stop the dip/purée from browning even when covered, push the glad wrap onto the surface of the dip, making sure there is no air.
  • Avocado can be frozen for up to two months. To prepare the fruit for freezing, simply remove the skin and pit, and then cut into quarters.

The Right Way to Ripen

The colour of the skin is the best indicator of ripeness for Hass avocados. The fruit turns from green to rich purple to a black shade, at which point it is ready to be consumed. 

To help avocados ripen, place the fruit in a plain brown paper bag and store at room temperature until ready to eat. Including an apple or banana in the bag will accelerate the process, as these fruits emit ethylene gas, which acts as a ripening agent. The ripening process will usually take two to five days. Ripe avocados can be refrigerated for two to three days.

For further details on handling avocados, please see or download the Australian Avocados Handling Guide below.

Stages of ripeness poster


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