When asked whether an avocado is still edible if it is brown on the inside, the short answer is: in most cases yes. Brown spots often indicate that the fruit is overripe but not spoiled. It doesn’t look pretty, but the avocado is still edible.
The situation is different with unripe fruit. You should let them ripen, otherwise you may experience stomach pains. It is therefore important to check the degree of ripeness of the avocado before eating it.
Test the ripeness of avocados
It is important to recognize the degree of ripeness of an avocado. So you know whether the fruit is already edible or whether you should wait. Even with overripe fruit you can pay attention to a few things before you buy the fruit.
Flesh: The flesh of a ripe avocado will give slightly when pressed. An unripe fruit has a very firm flesh, while the inside of overripe fruit is very soft to mushy.
Coloration of the skin: You can find both green and brown avocados in the supermarket. A dark green color indicates optimum ripeness. If the fruit is still unripe, the skin has a light green colour. Overripe avocados, on the other hand, are dark brown to black.
Variety: It is important to know that there are different varieties of avocados. Most often, the Hass avocado variety is sold, the degree of ripeness of which can be recognized using the criteria described above. With the Fuerte avocado, on the other hand, the color of the skin always remains the same – regardless of the degree of ripeness of the fruit.