Learn How to Pit and Peel an Avocado Without Losing a Finger

Here at First to Know, we love avocado.

Other than chocolate, it’s probably our favorite food on the planet. Chocolate is considered food, right?

Avocado goes with everything — you can seriously eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and it’s really, really good for you!

With that said, one of our biggest pet peeves is watching people fumble with an avocado when attempting to pit and peel one. Usually, they just end up making a mushy mess, wasting precious avocado meat or slicing off a piece of their finger. 

While there’s not necessarily a wrong way to slice and dice an avocado, this method from Lick My Spoon is easier, faster, less messy and much safer!

In the tutorial below, you’ll learn how to cut an avocado, remove the pit and separate the flesh from the skin. It’s as easy as pie… or guacamole.

Note: It does not involve wedging a sharp knife into the pit and gently twisting it out, or using a spoon of any kind. This method will ensure you’re getting all those delicious nutrients in the bright green part closest to the peel.

You’re welcome!



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  1. Cut the avocado into quarters by cross-sectioning it lengthwise.
  2. Then, break the avocado apart and remove the pit.
  3. From top to bottom peel off the skin like you would a banana. The skin may be more difficult to peel away on fruit that is not fully ripe. If your avocado is ripe, the peel will come right off.

Lick My SpoonStephanie Hua is the creator of Lick My Spoon. She is a seasoned food/travel writer and photographer whose work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fodor’s Travel Blog and PBS.