As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados

By peeling avocados, you gain access to the most nutrient-dense part of the fruit closest to the peel.

Everyone has a personal preference on how to cut California Avocados – but using this ‘nick and peel’ technique allows you to make the most of your avocado while maximizing the nutritional benefits. Here’s how to cut and peel an avocado.

How to Peel Avocados

Step-by-step Instructions

Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be peeling your avocados like a pro in no time:

  1. Make sure your avocados are ripe and ready to eat
  2. Like all fruit, wash the avocado before cutting
  3. Carefully cut the ripe avocado in half length-wise around the seedpeel avocado
  4. Rotate the avocado ¼ turn and cut length-wise around the seed to make ¼-avocado segments
  5. Separate the quarters and remove seed
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  6. Starting from the tip, nick and carefully peel each segment. Discard the peel (we do not recommend consuming the avocado peel)
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 Top 3 Reasons to Peel Avocados

  1. The greatest concentration of carotenoids, or beneficial plant pigments, is in the dark green fruit closest to the skin. In fact, avocados contribute 11 beneficial carotenoids to one’s diet, including lutein, which helps to maintain healthy eyesight as we agepeel avocado
  2. By peeling your avocado, you’re ensuring you don’t miss out on the nutritional benefits of this super food which may be lost when preparing your avocado in other ways, such as scooping
  3. Safety first! Peeling your avocado allows you to remove the seed using your fingers which helps eliminate the risk of cutting yourself if using a knife to remove the seed

Peeled Avocado Possibilities

Peeling avocados opens up all kinds of preparation and presentation possibilities.

Peel and then slice your avocado for perfectly presentable slices on your sandwich or in a salad:

peel avocado and slice
peel avocado in sandwich

Or peel, slice and then dice for nicely diced avocado chunks in your salads:

peel avocado and dice in salad

Or even slice, dice and then mash with a fork for the perfect for our favorite guacamole recipe:

peel avocado and mash guacamole

More ideas for using avocados as a garnish

Whether you’re mixing California Avocados into a traditional guacamole, or slicing them for a summery salad, try peeling your avocados and enjoy the goodness in every bite.

Emily Schiller

Emily Schiller is a registered dietitian who specializes in making nutrition information easy to understand and relevant to a variety of consumer and stakeholder audiences. As a Senior Community Manager, Nutrition &amp| Wellness at GolinHarris, she offers expertise in key areas including the development of healthcare professional outreach strategies, nutrition toolkits, presentations, strategic partnerships and media messaging. She also aptly tracks the latest in nutrition policy and scientific updates and translates the information to help her clients achieve business success. Emily is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition &amp| Dietetics and several of its subgroups including the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition| Weight Management| and Dietitians in Business and Communications Dietetic Practice Groups. Emily completed her undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences at The Pennsylvania State University and completed a dietetic internship with an emphasis in community nutrition at Loyola University, Chicago.

Emily is a brand advocate. Their content on the California Avocado Commission website and/or blog is part of their partnership with our organization.

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