Hass avocados have a slightly rough skin that ripens from green to black. Although the skin of a hass avocado is thick, it is relatively easy to peel or cut. The flesh of the hass avocado closest to the skin is pale green, and as it nears the medium-sized central stone it develops a yellow-ish color. The meat of the hass avocado is soft, creamy, with great healthy oil content and the flavor is rich and nutty and sometimes slightly sweet. Hass avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, and folic acid. Hass avocados are rich in dietary fiber, and are known for being a good source of monounsaturated fat, second only to olives among fruits in oil content. Hass avocados have earned the nickname “nutrient-boosters” because they can enable the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients of other foods served in combination with the avocado.
Hass avocados seem to be in just about everything these days. From guacamole, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, juices, and even dessert applications, hass avocados are incredibly versatile and popular due to their amazing nutritional benefits and rich, fatty content. If your avocado is slightly too hard to eat, putting it in a dark cupboard or a fruit bowl alongside bananas will speed up the ripening process.