How to Peel an Avocado
Peeling an avocado for guacamole isn’t as daunting as it may seem. While the skin is quite thick, the avocado flesh itself is soft and easily separates. It’s best to peel an avocado when it is ripe because it is softer. The first thing you should do is slice off an 1/8 inch off the stem end. Then slice the avocado in half lengthwise all the way around the pit. Give it a twist and pull it apart into two halves. Remove the pit.
Depending on what your uses are for the avocado, there are several ways to remove the flesh. For a guacamole recipe, you’ll most likely be mashing the avocado so you can scoop it out with a spoon. Be sure the scrape all along the skin and discard any blackened pieces. If you are trying to get the entire half of the avocado for a meal or presentation of some sort, use a spoon and scrape down along the skin and arc the avocado out. If you are looking for the long thin slices, you can easily slice them at this point. Another great way to remove the avocado is to slice a checkerboard pattern into the flesh all the way down to the peel horizontally and vertically. Then either manually invert the skin or scoop with a spoon and the pieces will come out nice and evenly sliced.