Recently, I attended an Avocado Grove Tour that the California Avocado Commission hosted. I learned SO much about avocados. It was a true “farm to table”experience. I’m excited to share with you information, tips & tricks, and recipes! Today, I’m sharing How to Peel an Avocado: the NEW Method + Brokaw Nursery Tour!
Avocado season in California runs from April through September. During this time, I will be sharing avocado tips & tricks, facts and of course, recipes! #CAavoSeason
Recently, I took a tour of the avocado tree nursery, Brokaw Nursery. The nursery started in 1956, and it’s in Ventura County, California. The nursery’s founder, William Henley Brokaw, took 20 years to develop a highly effective and inexpensive way to produce disease resistant trees.
To say Brokaw Nursery knows what they’re doing would be an understatement! They take great care in nurturing their seedlings and grafted cloned rootstock to produce amazing fruit. No wonder they’re California’s leading producer of avocado trees! They have sold more than 10 million avocado trees in the U.S. and abroad.
Brokaw’s trees never touch the ground, they grow atop wooden platforms. Also, the nursery is diligent in maintaining a sterile environment for the young trees. Brokaw Nursery grows 9 varieties of avocado trees: Bacon, Ettinger, Fuerte, GEM, Hass-Carmen, Hass, Lamb Hass, Reed, and Zutano.
How to Peel an Avocado: the NEW Method
3 Avocado Peeling Facts
- One of the best things I learned on the Avocado Grove Tour was a new method for peeling and cutting an avocado! The California Avocado Commission demonstrated a safer method for cutting an avocado.
- Peeling an avocado using this method extracts the fruit closest to the peel. This is the most nutrient-dense part of the avocado.
- Using this method is quick & easy. Plus no special peeler is needed, just a regular kitchen knife will do! Let me show you how it’s done!
The “Nick and Peel” Technique – How to Peel an Avocado
STEP 1:: First pick a ripe avocado with the California logo! Hass avocados usually turn dark green to purplish-black when they’re ripe. When gently squeezed in the palm of your hand, the avocado yields to gentle pressure.
STEP 2:: Wash and pat dry the avocado. Cut it in half length-wise around the seed.
STEP 3:: Turn the avocado 90 degrees, and again cut length-wise around the seed.
STEP 4:: Turn the avocado and separate it into quarters. Remove the seed with your hand.
STEP 5:: Starting at one end, carefully peel each quarter of the avocado.
STEP 6:: Slice or dice the avocado as needed!
To make the most of your California avocados, I suggest you cut and peel it this way. It’s easier, safer, and keeps all the nutrient-rich fruit intact.
Now that you have those beautiful avocados peeled, make my Best Guacamole Recipe!
Disclosure: This post for How to Peel an Avocado:the NEW Method + Brokaw Nursery Tour is part of a recap of a California Avocado Commission Grove Tour that I attended in sunny southern California.