5 Stages of Ripeness

Color is NOT always an indicator of ripeness. The best way to judge ripeness is to feel for uniform softness.

1
Hard
Fresh off the tree, the avocado is very hard with no give. Approximately 5+ days until ripe if held at room temperature.
2
Pre-Conditioned
Ripening has begun, but the avocado is still very firm. Approximately 4-5+ days until ripe if held at room temperature.
3
Breaking
As it ripens the avocado is firm, but yields slightly to pressure. Approximately 2 days until ripe if held at room temperature.
4
Firm-Ripe
The avocado is ripe and yields slightly to gentle pressure. Best for slices and cubes.
5
Ripe
The avocado is ripe and yields easily to gentle pressure. Best for mashing and guacamole.

Our Ripening Network

Mission Produce has built the world’s largest and most advanced avocado-specific ripening and forward distribution network on the planet. Our industry-leading ripening technology and custom-tailored ripening solutions have become a global benchmark for quality.

Tailor-Made Ripening Programs

Create a custom program that is perfectly tailored to your retail or foodservice environment and merchandising strategy. We can deliver shipments of multi-stage fruit or avocados that are ready-to-eat.

We’re able to service the majority of our customer base with custom orders within 24-48 hours.

Each of our ripening centers has a full-time staff of industry leading ripening specialists.

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