The two most popular market varieties are the small, rough-skinned Hass, grown primarily in California and Mexico, and the Fuerte,grown mostly in Florida. The Hass makes better guacamole; the Fuerte has a watery consistency and a fruity, sweet taste. Good guacamole also depends on the ripeness of the avocados, many of which are rock-hard when you buy them in the supermarket. This is fine, because avocados ripen off the tree; ripening can take from 2 to 5 days. You know a Hass avocado is ripe when the skin turns dark green to purple-black and the fruit yields to a gentle squeeze when held in the palm of your hand.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: Makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups
- 3 ripe medium avocados, preferably Hass
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
- 1 small jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and minced
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice,or more to taste
2. Halve and pit the remaining 2 avocados. Make criss-cross cuts in the flesh with a small knife. Gently scoop the avocado into the bowl with mashed avocado mixture.
3. Sprinkle the lime juice over the diced avocado and mix lightly with a fork until combined but still chunky. Adjust the seasoning with salt, if necessary, and serve.
Kitchen Notes• It’s essential to use avocados at the proper stage of ripeness to enjoy their fullest flavor. A ripe, ready-to-eat avocado will yield slightly to gentle pressure. Look for avocados that have an even, unblemished texture, that are uniformly hard or soft over their entire surface, and that feel heavy for their size. Avoid any with bruises and those with a hollow between the flesh and skin.
• Unlike most fruits, avocados ripen only after they are picked, so most of those found on produce shelves are as hard as rocks. Ripen hard avocados by placing them in a brown paper bag. Close the bag and set it in a cool spot for 1 to 3 days. As avocados ripen, those with bright green skin often develop brown patches. That’s acceptable because it’s an indication that they are almost ripe.
• Ripe avocados will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
• Don’t cook avocados: Heat makes them bitter.