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What Makes Avocados Stringy?

post #1 of 16
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Are they too ripe, not ripe enough? Does it maatter if the skin is black or green? I did well with avos through the summer but had to throw away the last 2 because they were stringy. I cannot STAND stringy and don't want to waste my money.
post #2 of 16
Stringy? I must be buying different varieties than you are, because I've never encountered stringy avocados. Haas avocados turn black on the outsides when they are soft and green on the inside. I don't remember the name of the variety in Bolivia, but it was larger and green on the outside when soft and oooooooooooohhhh-so-creamy on the inside. They looked sort of like Florida avocados, but the taste was out of this world.
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post #3 of 16
I have to say I've never come across stringy avocados either. Creamy is the best word to describe them. Even if they aren't ripe yet, the flesh isn't "stringy" just hard. Maybe they are overripe. Make sure when you buy an avocado to give it a light squeeze to see it's not overly soft.
post #4 of 16
there are several varieties that develop strings. I don't know which is which, tho... stringy avos suck.
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post #5 of 16
I buy organic haas avocados and they are normally great although there have been a few times where I've come across a stringy avocado...although I have no idea what causes this. Sorry I wasn't much help. Just wanted to let you know I have encountered stringy avocados as well.
post #6 of 16
i've had a few stringy ones. i think they just grow like that sometimes. i just pick out the stringy bits, and carry on.
post #7 of 16
I found this online:

http://www.avocado.org/meet-our-grow.../answers/list/



I don't know the size avocado you have, but see if this helps to explain it?



Look under General Avocado Questions and it talks about "brown" strings? I know you didn't specify what color the strings were, so this might not even apply to your problem.





Michelle
post #8 of 16
I think sometimes you just get a bad avocado. Happens to the best of us. Except Skylark. She has magic avocado choose powers. FEAR THE POWERS!
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post #9 of 16
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I think sometimes you just get a bad avocado. Happens to the best of us. Except Skylark. She has magic avocado choose powers. FEAR THE POWERS!



No, I've kept them around too long in the hopes their magnificence would infiltrate into the rest of the food in my fridge, and they turned black inside, too.
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post #10 of 16
Why won't you eat stringy avocado's? Do they taste bad?
post #11 of 16
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The texture is just nasty. It makes me want to hurl... kinda like grisle in meat (when I ate meat).



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Why won't you eat stringy avocado's? Do they taste bad?
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
That's it! They are brown or just the same color as the flesh. But now I know.

Thanks!



Strings or stringy fruit are generally the result of fruit from younger trees. Often times the fibers or strings will disappear or become less noticeable as the fruit matures.



The fruits oil content also can play a role in how stringy the fruit is. Variances in oil content in avocados can explain why strings appear in some avocados and not in others. Mid-late season California avocados have high oil content resulting in fruit with little to no stringiness.





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Originally Posted by flvegnewbie View Post

I found this online:

http://www.avocado.org/meet-our-grow.../answers/list/



I don't know the size avocado you have, but see if this helps to explain it?



Look under General Avocado Questions and it talks about "brown" strings? I know you didn't specify what color the strings were, so this might not even apply to your problem.





Michelle
post #13 of 16

Oh my goodness, I'm having this problem too.  I've never had the problem before, or at least not where its prominent but this year they are horrible. Yes the texture is so gross when they are like that and I have a hard time eating them.  When it was an occasional string I'd just pull it out and go on with it but now they are gross.  I was talking about it with my coworkers and she's been having the same problem.  We think its over ripe and yet they are still there when they are firm and raw so I don't get it.  Maybe it has to do with all the chemicals and stuff that they use.  I'll have to watch for organics and see if they're any better.

post #14 of 16
Stringy texture avocados are because they are young fruit or from a young tree. It's that simple smiley.gif
post #15 of 16

I ended up here because every darn avocado I ever pick is stringy...I am trying to see what the heck I am doing wrong.. Does anyone know what makes them stringy?

post #16 of 16

So my grocery store, Winn Dixie, in Pensacola NEVER gets in good avocados...I finally gave up getting any because they were always stringy. My mom always seemed to get good ones from same name store...Oh well..I have bought them from other produce stands as well and NEVER got a good one

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