Hass avocados are available year round from sunnier climes and have dark, bumpy skin and bright green flesh. Test for ripeness by gently pressing on the skin. If its rock-like, wait a few days. If there is a little give, its ready to eat. To halve and pit a ripe avocado, cut in half lengthwise until reaching the center stone. Twist the two halves in opposite directions to separate. Remove the pit with a spoon. Carefully peel away skin. Avocados may be mashed, cubed or sliced, stuffed or pureed. To store, ripen fruit at room temperature.
Refrigerate when ripe. Once ripe, use promptly for optimum flavour and texture.