For the longest time, people have curiously asked me where I get my avocados from in Hong Kong. I used to post a lot of photos of avocado-related meals. I still consume them regularly and some at work have also asked.
They ask because the problem with avocados in Hong Kong is:
- They are rock hard when you buy them
- One day, they suddenly turn rotten
So where do I buy my avocados from? There's no magically superior supermarket I've come across that sell the perfectly ripe avocados that you might find outside of Hong Kong. I simply buy the cheapest ones from the Wellcome supermarket near my home. On this note, I read that it's not necessary to buy organic avocados at all, so you can already save HK$30 like that.
How to treat your avocados:
Avocados are rock hard when you buy them, which means they are still unripe and not ready to eat. Leave them on the counter and they will ripen over a few days. Check on them daily and once it feels slightly soft on the outside (give it a gentle squeeze), they’re ready, ripe and perfect to eat.
But if you’re not in the mood to eat them right at that moment, put it straight into the fridge to preserve. If you leave it out any longer, they will most definitely rot after another day or two. Placing the soft ripe avocados in the fridge will preserve them for up to one week.
Do's & don'ts:
Do not place them in the fridge before they are ripe (soft); they won’t ripen in the fridge.
Do place them next to bananas if you want them to ripen faster.
Do be patient. On average, it takes about 3 days to ripe on the counter, but it could take as long as 7 days too.