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Why Does Avocado Have Strings Heres What We Found Out

Avocados are one of the most expensive food items. The one thing that may trigger while eating this expensive fruit is its strings or threads, and this can be the worst scenario right!

And why not? Why would anybody want their costly fruit to be so stringy and thready?

Why does avocado have strings?

Avocado’s brown strings are actually the vascular bundles. They are generally the fibre that helps the fruit to get water and nutrients from the tree. These fibrous strings are more common than we think! The purpose of these strings is the same as the veins in a leaf, to transfer the water and nutrients.

There may be many other reasons why avocados have strings.

When you cut an avocado the strings are visible near the top this is because the strings come from the top of the fruit.

The strings are quite tougher as when you try to pull them they are very hard to break.

There can be other reasons too such as:

Immature trees: These trees can produce better fruits as they get mature.

Types: There are different types of avocado. Some are prone to more strings and some don’t.

Improper storage: If your avocados get damaged before it gets ripen then most probably they can cause extra strings in them.

Why do some avocados have strings and some don’t ?

You may have always faced this issue as not every avocado has strings.

If you haven’t stored the avocados properly or you bought the younger avocado fruits then you may notice their vascular bundles. It can be mainly the younger ones.

The flesh is also a dead giveaway too.

Fresh, ripe and beautiful avocado’s flesh is green. Deep green ranges from a dark green towards the rind with a lighter and a yellowish hue around the pit.

Whereas a young avocado’s flesh is light green and the texture is not that good.

It will be more watery than creamy and would barely have any flavour.

They can also have some brown spots due to cold exposure and not due to overripeness.

You will generally find these avocados in the winter season, mainly from September to January.

Can you tell if the avocado will be stringy?

No! You can’t exactly tell that the avocado is stringy as there is no specific way that can assure you which avocado is stringy.

There are also certain varieties of avocado that are even ripe and still stringy. But young avocados have a higher chance of being stringy and if you go for too young avocados then be aware that they may be stringy.

Also, young doesn’t mean underripe but simply the avocados that were picked too soon.

You can easily notice them as they are smaller, have light green skin and have spots in some places. Not every avocado is stringy but if it is stringy then it’s usually a young one.

Can you eat a stringy avocado?

Yes, you can eat a stringy avocado but for making it more easier to consume you can add it into your smoothie, make creamy guacamole, spread it on toast, spread on eggs, burgers or sandwiches and also whip up the chilled avocado soup. Eating it in these ways won’t make you feel like you are chewing something or even something stringy.

Can avocado get worms?

It’s a very unlikely situation but yes avocados do get worms. Being a precious crop, farmers do their best to keep it free from pests and diseases.

Generally, two kinds of pests can be present in it; amorbia moth larvae, which are big and appear whitish-yellow and the second one is an omnivorous looper, they are light yellow with black stripes.

Both of them are moths. They lay eggs by burrowing into the avocado, and eat the leaves on avocado skin. Whenever you will find an avocado with any of these moths, you will likely see the pupae or larva stage of these pests more than any other stage.

Well! This is a very rare situation yet very few avocados sold out commercially will have pests. Don’t worry these pests are noticeable and you can throw them out whenever you encounter them.

Can you still use a stringy avocado?

Yes! You can still use a stringy avocado.

You can simply remove the strings and then use the flesh in any of your favourite recipes.

For removing the strings you can use something like a fork or a toothpick and of course lots of patience.

You can take help of any of those and pick every string out of the mashed avocado. For more ease you have a blender at home. Just drop the flesh into your jar and blend, but by using this you might have to work harder to clean the jar.

Well! It’s your choice whether you want to blend or just want to throw the strings away.

Can you eat the brown bits in an avocado?

Sometimes you may wonder what those brown bits are in the avocado.

But yes, you can eat the brown bits but we suggest that you shouldn’t.

Don’t worry they are safe and won’t hurt your health but the thing is they are bitter and very unpleasant to consume. And that was the only reason we were suggesting you don’t eat!

But you can also make it unnoticeable by mixing them throughout the rest of the flesh of the avocado.

Well! If you just want to cut off those parts then you can and use the remaining avocado flesh.

By doing this we wound up throwing out half of the avocados sometimes. They might be stringy with some brown spots which can make us frustrated.

But you can make it easier by removing most of the strings and cutting down the brown spots and using the rest of the green part.

Well! It might be hard for you to look at that refused pile but this is what it is. Maybe you can be lucky next time by getting some smooth and string-free avocados. Just hope for the best!

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