Let's be honest, avocados are expensive. When they have strings or threads in them, we want to know why and how to still enjoy that pricey fruit. I have done some research on why this happens. I have also had enough of these unfortunate avocado mishaps to figure out many ways to still get my avocado fix and not waste my money throwing them away.
Strings (fibers) in Your Avocado?
The brown strings found in avocados are actually more common than we wish. It turns out, these “strings” or "threads" are the fibers (vascular bundles) of the fruit. There are numerous reasons why some avocados have them. Even some avocado varieties are more susceptible than others when it comes to being stringy.
Why Does This Happen to Good Avocados?
So I did some “googling” research and asked around, including the nursery where we bought our avocado sapling almost 10 years ago. There was not a lot of information out there so I wanted to share what I have found out.
The main reasons I have found all point to a few possible reasons for these fibers:
- Immature trees - they will produce better fruit as they mature (our tree is about 12 years young in avocado years)
- Types – certain types are more prone to strings (Haas less likely but Stuart is more likely to be stringy – we have a Bacon avocado tree)
- Improper storage – damage to the fruit before it is ripe may also cause extra strings in the stem area (handle your avocados with great care)
Can You Eat a Stringy Avocado?
YES! Yes, it is ok to eat an avocado that is stringy. Below I show you how to still enjoy that avocado by doing one easy step. What results is smooth creamy avocado flesh that can be used in numerous ways. Several recipe ideas are below as well.
That is the good news in this story. As long as the flesh is still green and not brown, there is no reason to throw it out. You have likely spent a good chunk of change on this avocado and the last thing you want to do is waste your hard-earned money.
How to Still Enjoy the Avocados?
Avocados are expensive so the last thing we want to do is waste them. No one enjoys having floss-like strings in their avocado either. Therefore, here are some things you can do to still enjoy those stringy/fibrous avocados that you paid good money for. Or in my case, saved from the squirrels getting to them.
When still eating the flesh of the avocado after you have separated it from the stings and fibers, there are many ways to still enjoy it. Here are two of my favorite recipes that I make and are great when you add strained avocados to the recipe or serve the smashed avocado on the side as a sauce or dip.
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Save your Avocado from Strings & Fibers
Simply push the avocado through a fine strainer to separate the fibers from the fruit - see photos below. I have a small tea strainer that I use for this. What remains is smooth creamy avocado goodness. It does take a bit of time but it is worth it and there are many ways to still enjoy the avocado, recipes listed below. Additional recipe ideas too, please continue scrolling.
Recipes to Make with Strained Avocado:
- Add to a smoothie
- Make creamy guacamole
- Spread on toast
- Top/Spread on eggs, burgers, or sandwiches
- Whip up chilled avocado soup
What would you make with avocado if you found it was stringy?
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