The world loves avocados, a love so strong we will risk our literal hands to eat it. But thanks to TikTok, gone are the days of hacking a sharp knife onto the avocado seed’s slippery dome or mangling it by scooping with a spoon. This chef’s trick will change your life.
You know those moments in life when you learn something so simple, yet so genius your jaw literally drops? I had one of those while mindlessly scrolling on TikTok. The app can teach us so much! I cook for a living, so I’m pretty confident in my knife skills, but I never love getting the pit out of an avocado. Forcing the knife into the pit is always a bit of a risk (I’ve heard one too many horror stories about trips to the ER!), but now I don’t even need a knife.
Aside from the risk of injury, nothing is more annoying than bruising or mangling that perfectly ripe avocado by trying to excavate its pit with a spoon or tool that doesn’t really work.
This is where TikTok’s sushi chef and content creator, Cho @_mynameischo saved the day with a ridiculously simple hack that only requires two fingers. Cho starts by slicing the avocado vertically and twisting the two halves apart. He then places his index and middle fingers on either side of the pit and simply uses his thumb to push the pit forward from the back and pop it out.
Since this video went viral, hundreds of other videos have popped up replicating the trend on both firm and soft avocados. So far it’s worked perfectly every time.
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So next time you go for that elaborate pit removal, stop what you’re doing and give this pit-popping hack a try.
Heads up! This trick works best with perfectly ripe avocados. The firmer your avocado is, the harder it may be. (But that also means your avocado just isn’t ready to be eaten yet.)
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Here are some great AVOCADO FACTS you might not know…
Although classified as a vegetable in the USDA database based on common usage, avocados are considered a fruit because they fit the botanical criteria for a berry thanks to their fleshy pulp and large seed. More specifically, the avocado is a fruit that belongs to the genus Persea in the Lauracaea family. This refers to the type of tree and flowering plant.
Avocados were once a luxury food reserved for the tables of royalty, but now avocados are enjoyed around the world by people from all walks of life.
Speed up the avocado ripening process by placing avocados in a paper bag with a kiwifruit or apple (or both). Apples, kiwifruit and avocados all produce ethylene. Ethylene is a natural plant hormone that triggers the ripening process and is used commercially to help ripen bananas, avocados and other fruit.
The avocado is also called an Alligator Pear because of its pear-like shape and green skin.
Avocado is a derivative of the Spanish word aguacate, which in turn comes from the Aztec word ahuacatl.
The majority of avocados consumed in the U.S. are imported. California is the largest producer of avocados grown in the U.S.
There are nearly 3,000 avocado growers in California farming on approximately 50,000 acres.
A single California Avocado tree can produce on average about 60 pounds or 150 fruit a year.
There are seven varieties of avocados grown commercially in California, but the Hass variety is the most popular, accounting for approximately 95 percent of the total crop volume.
The Hass avocado variety is a California native. It was first discovered by Rudolph Hass in the mid-1920’s. Every Hass avocado in the world can trace its roots to that “Mother Hass Tree” in La Habra Heights, California.
California Avocados grow year-round and are in peak season from spring through summer.
The size of an avocado does not indicate the fruit quality or stage of ripeness. An avocado’s seed actually grows with the fruit, so the seed-to-fruit ratio will always be close to the same.