Using an Unripe Avocado : Recipes, Tips & Ideas
What to do with a cut open unripe avocado?
Just last week, I cut open an avocado before it was ready. I'm not known for my patience, and I had a craving that needed to be satisfied. Instead, I got the disappointment of a hard, bitter and definitely unripe fruit.
But, the story ends well. My mistake led me to research and experiment with different techniques, recipes and ideas for an unripe avocado that I can now share with you.
Not only is it possible to ripen a cut open avocado, you can eat it unripe using several different techniques to make it soft and tasty.
Scroll down to find out what to do with an unripe avocado - you'll be amazed!
Unripe avocado poll
Have you ever thrown out an unripe avocado after cutting it?
How to ripen an avocado, fast!
If you haven't cut into it yet, there are some really easy and effective ways to ripen an avocado, fast. Here are some of the techniques that people suggest (I personally use the rice method).
- Bury it in flour
- Wrap it in newspaper
- Store it near fruits such as bananas or apples that release ethylene ( a ripening gas)
- Place it in a paper bag
- Put it in a jar of rice
- Heat it in a microwave
An avocado ripening experiment
Are unripe avocados toxic?
No need to worry - unripe avocados are perfectly safe for human consumption, although they taste pretty bitter raw. This is why it's best to either cook or marinate unripe avocados before eating them, to lessen the taste.
However, unripe and ripe avocados, as well as the pits, skins and leaves should never be given to pets. The fruit contains a molecule called "persin" than can make animals ill or even lead to death.
Avocado saver - a must for avoholics!
Avocados truly are one of my favourite foods, but they happen to be pricey and don't last long once cut open.
That's why I love the idea of this fabulous avocado saver. It keeps your avocado halves green and fresh for days by stopping the oxidisation process. No more wasted avocados, thrown out just because they'd turned brown.
The avocado saver is for you if:
- you only use half an avocado at a time
- you're an avoholic like me
- you hate brown, slimy avocado
Can you ripen an avocado once it's cut open?
You sure can. If you have the patience to wait a couple of days, your avocado can be salvaged.
Just make sure not to throw away the pit. Put the avocado back together, with the two halves fitting snugly around the pit.
Now, stick the halves back together so they can't come open. You can use plastic wrap, masking tape, rubber bands or a piece of twine. Whatever you have on hand will work.
The trick is to make sure the fruit is totally closed, so that no bugs, dust or moisture will get back in.
Now, place the avocado back on the counter or in the fruit bowl (NOT the fridge) and check every 12 hours or so for ripeness by gently poking the fruit.
Uses for an unripe avocado that's been cut open
It's too late to ripen it normally, you've already cut open the fruit. And you don't feel like sticking it back together and waiting a few more days.
Can you do anything with that hard avocado flesh? Sure you can!
- Slice it up, dip in a beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Now either fry the slices or bake them until crispy and golden.
- Cube the flesh, bake until soft then mash up. Combined with breadcrumbs, an egg and spices this make nice avocado patties.
- Grate the avocado and marinate in a mixture of equal parts sugar, lemon juice and fish sauce. Let rest for at least 20 minutes, then sprinkle the salad with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.
- Slice the avocado, wrap the slices in bacon or prosciutto and bake until crisp.
- Dice the avocado and place the cubes in a baking dish. Make a bechamel sauce, pour it over the avocado and sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Bake until golden and bubbly.
- Dip slices of the avocado in tempura batter and fry until crisp.
- Simmer the avocado with onions, garlic, carrots and herbs until the vegetables are soft. Blend the soup until totally smooth, add salt and pepper to taste and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice or sour cream.