How to Make Guacamole with Hard Avocados

May 13, 2013 | By | Comments (4)


Finding ripe avocados isn’t always easy. So when you’re stuck with the hard-as-rock variety—and you don’t have any time to let them soften—try this trick from California avocado grower Carol Steed: Place 2 peeled, pitted avocados in a blender with 1 cup peas (fresh, or frozen and thawed), and then pulse until smooth. The peas will help soften the consistency of the unripe avocados but won’t affect the flavor.

Have a day until the party? Then skip the trick above, and put the avocados in a brown paper bag with a banana, then leave the bag on a sunny windowsill for 18 to 24 hours. (Together, the banana and the avocados release a large amount of ethylene gas, which can hasten ripening.) Then make our delicious and easy guacamole recipe!

And don’t forget to check out our fool-proof directions on how to slice and dice an avocado. Just don’t feed any to the dog!


  1. mylivoniaranchhome

    Thanks! I love avocados and could eat them daily! But I’ve had to wait days for them to ripen at times. I will try the pea trick for sure! I’ve tried the banana trick but I thought it was supposed to be put in a dark cupboard….guess that explains what I’ve been doing wrong! Thanks again for your post!

    May 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm
  2. Connie

    I heard someone on the radio the other day saying that you can soften avocados by “massaging” them. This makes hard ones edible. I haven’t tried this myself yet though so can’t vouch for it.

    May 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm
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  4. Jeanny low

    I have cut opened an avocado fruit but realized that it is still hard and I don not know what to do with it , please advise. Thank you .

    August 7, 2014 at 3:08 am

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