How to Pick an Avocado From the Tree


Avocados are an ideal addition to any garden, as the fruit is high in nutrients and healthy fats. On the downside, they can be high in calories. They differ from other fruit trees because the avocado doesn't ripen on the tree. After being picked, they take about a week and a half to fully ripen. It's important to pick the avocados carefully so they do not bruise or get cut.

Step 1

Identify the variety of the avocado tree, as different types have different maturing and growing times. It is important to pick avocados only when they are mature; immature fruit will not have sufficient oil and will not soften.

Step 2

Examine the avocado's skin. It should become a little less glossy and have some bumpy brown texture over the green.

Step 3

Use the pruning shears to cut the avocado's stem from the tree. Don't remove it with your hands, because the stem needs to stay attached.

Step 4

Climb a sturdy ladder to reach avocados that are high on the tree. You can also use fruit-picking poles, which can be found at local gardening or hardware stores. Place picked avocados into bags.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Ladder
  • Picking pole


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