Bacon and Ettinger avocados are exceptionally easy to peel and have a light, creamy flavor that compliments almost any dish. These avocados are often being picked off the tree and delivered to you within days, meaning they can take some time to ripen–1-2 weeks, depending on the weather. To test for ripeness gently press on the bottom of the avocado to see if it gives way to your touch. These avocados ripen from the top down and may have a soft outer layer that springs back to the touch. You have to be patient and wait until the bottom of the avocado gives way. That is how you will know your Bacon or Ettinger avocado is ripe!
The high fat content of avocados combines particularly well with acidic fruit and vegetables, such as citrus and tomatoes. Enjoy avocados as a dip, sliced into a sandwich, or simply sprinkled with a little salt. Store avocados at room temperature until fully ripe. If you want to slow ripening, immediately store avocados in the refrigerator, as they will not continue to ripen when they are refrigerated. Whole, ripe avocados will keep for two to three days in the refrigerator while cut avocados will keep for a day or two.
Storing tip: Avocado flesh darkens when exposed to air, so to prevent discoloration sprinkle cut avocados with lemon juice or vinegar and cover in plastic wrap before refrigerating.
Nutritional Value: Avocados are second only to olives among fruits in oil content. However, the oil in avocados is known for being high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which are considered relatively healthy and may help to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Avocados are also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and folate.