A deliciously ripe avocado will give slightly, when pressed gently with a finger. If too soft, and overripe, it begins to take on a bitter flavor. When buying hard avocados at the produce stand, it is standard practice to give them time to ripen. Yet, if harvested too soon, no amount of time will be sufficient to ripen the avocado. The traditional method to speed up the ripening, of a properly harvested avocado, involves placing the fruit in a paper bag and storing in a kitchen cupboard for several days. Those who want immediate results look to the microwave.

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Once cut, the avocado will not continue to ripen.
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Place the avocado in the microwave.

Step 1

Place the unpeeled avocado on a microwave safe plate and set in the microwave. Shut the microwave door.

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Keep an eye on the time.

Step 2

Set the microwave on medium heat or 50 percent, for one minute.

Step 3

Turn the avocado over. Heat for another minute at medium heat or 50 percent.