Can you consume avocados that have brown spots? The answer is maybe! Avocado black spots and avocado brown spots can occur due to various reasons. You need to learn how to determine if an avocado is bad and which brown spots in avocado are safe to eat. It’s important to know how to tell if an avocado is rotten to avoid food poisoning from a spoiled avocado. This article will provide you with all the information you need about avocado dark spots.
Can You Eat Avocado with Brown Spots?
Most of the time, brown spots inside an avocado are safe to eat. However, if the avocado is moldy, slimy, or has an off aroma or flavor, it should be discarded.
What Causes Brown Spots on Avocado?
Avocado brown spots can occur due to several reasons:
Avocados can get bruised during transit, just like apples and some other fruits. This bruising can result in the avocado turning black inside or developing brown spots. Bruised avocados are safe to eat; simply remove the bruised spots if you don’t like their appearance.
Vascular Browning (Avocado Exposed to Cold)
Avocado brown strings can appear when the fruit is exposed to cold temperatures, such as in the refrigerator. This can also happen when the avocado is stored in cold conditions for a long time before ripening. Refrigerated avocados that turn slightly brown are still safe to eat. I will share some tips below on how to prevent avocado browning and provide ideas for using slightly brown avocados.
Avocado from Young Trees
Fruit from young avocado trees may have brown or black streaks inside. Although these fibers might not look appealing, they are safe to consume.
Avocado Flesh Exposed to Oxygen
Avocado flesh exposed to oxygen tends to develop black spots quickly after cutting. While these spots are unsightly, they are harmless. To avoid this issue, it’s best to use sliced avocado immediately after cutting.
If an avocado has turned spoiled or rancid, it should be thrown away.
When Should You Not Eat an Avocado?
You should not eat spoiled or rancid avocados. Signs that an avocado has gone bad include an off smell, off flavor, mold, slimy or overly mushy texture, withered skin, or large dark streaks and extremely fibrous, stringy texture.
Can You Eat Avocado with Black Spots?
You can eat avocados with black spots inside if the spots were caused by bruising, exposure to cold, or oxygen. However, if the black spots are due to spoilage or if the avocado has spots throughout the flesh, it should be discarded.
Can You Eat Avocado with Brown Spots on Skin?
Most avocados in US stores are Hass avocados. These avocados start with bright green skin that turns black as they ripen. Brown spots on the avocado skin during the ripening process do not necessarily indicate that it has gone bad, especially for Hass avocados. However, the appearance of a ripe avocado can vary depending on the type of avocado. In most cases, a ripe avocado will have medium to light green flesh.
Brown Spots on Avocado After Cutting
Avocado may develop brown spots quickly after cutting due to oxidation. Although these spots may change the appearance and possibly the flavor, they are safe to eat. To keep cut avocados green, it’s best to protect them from exposure to oxygen.
Can You Get Sick from Eating a Bad Avocado?
Eating a spoiled avocado can make you sick, similar to consuming other foods that have gone bad. You may experience an upset stomach, nausea, and other unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms.
What Can I Do with Brown Avocado?
One delicious recipe for brown avocado is an Avocado Smoothie for Weight Gain. The color of the avocado is camouflaged by the cocoa powder in this recipe. Apart from smoothies, you can also use browned avocado to make chocolate avocado pudding, add it to baked goods for moisture, create a creamy salad dressing, use it in spreads, or add it to scrambled eggs.
How to Stop Avocado from Browning
The best way to prevent avocado from browning is to use it immediately after cutting. You can freeze any avocado you can’t use right away. If you want to store cut avocado in the fridge without browning, protect the cut surfaces from oxygen. You can achieve this by pressing plastic wrap firmly on the cut surface before refrigerating. Other methods include brushing the cut surface with a little oil or lemon juice, which creates a barrier against oxygen. Additionally, pay attention to storage. Avocados tend to ripen and brown quickly when stored next to fruits that produce ethylene gas, such as bananas.
How Long Does Avocado Last in the Fridge?
According to FoodSafety.gov, ripe avocados can be kept in the pantry and then in the fridge for 3-4 days. However, it’s recommended to refrigerate avocados for no more than 1-2 days, even when using methods to prevent browning.
Can You Freeze Avocado?
Although fresh avocado should not be frozen, you can find frozen avocado in stores. To freeze avocado at home, chop it, sprinkle it with lemon or lime juice, and store it in a freezer bag with the air pressed out.
Here are a few recipes to help you use up avocado before it turns brown:
- Peruvian Beans
- Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl
- Vegetable Oats
- Pulled Pork Bowls
- Air Fryer Toast (for avocado toast, of course)
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