Is It Safe To Eat A Brown Avocado?

Picking out the perfect avocado requires some practice at first. You need to know the right color and feel to determine if an avocado is ripe or not, because you don't want to end up spending money on an avocado that you won't be able to use. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to tell if an avocado is ripe.

Ripe avocados are dark brown on the outside and yield to light pressure (via Eat This, Not That). If an avocado is firm, that means it is not ripe yet. You can also determine the ripeness of an avocado by peeling off the stem. If it comes off easily and you can see green inside, it's ripe and ready to eat. Once an avocado is ripe, however, there is only a short window of time before it starts to brown and become overripe. So how can you tell if it's no longer good to eat?

How to tell if an avocado has gone bad

You can tell an avocado is spoiled or overripe if it develops black skin and can give easily. The color and firmness of avocados change over time as they ripen. If an avocado is mushy and deflated, it has almost certainly gone bad (via Healthline).

You can also tell if an avocado is overripe by cutting it open and examining the flesh. If it has one or two brown spots, it can be salvaged by cutting them away. However, if there are dark streaks or several brown and black spots all throughout the fruit, it is definitely rotten. Whether or not an overripe avocado is safe to eat depends on how it looks, smells, and tastes. If the flesh is only slightly brown then it's likely safe to eat, but if it is rancid or moldy, it's time to throw it away. Eating a rotten avocado can potentially make you sick.