How to Make Guacamole with Hard Avocados

May 13, 2013 | By | Comments (5)


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
  5. David Murphy

    We tried the peas but there was a strong, sour taste that nothing seemed to cancel out Maybe it was from the avocados themselves or from one of the ingredients, possibly too much fresh celantro, but I’m putting it in the ref ovenight and will probably throw it out in the morning.

    November 18, 2014 at 4:38 am

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