Having googled it, it says that avocados with black spots have gone bad. However I asked someone and they said that it fine and you can eat it - it’s like a banana which has gone slightly black on the outside.

Are they correct? Based on the pictures would you say it has gone bad and unless it’s bruising, any avocado with multiple black dots has gone bad?


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  • when in doubt, don't eat them.
    – Max
    Apr 25, 2021 at 20:37
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    Max - that’s fair, but there’s also the option of resolving cause of the doubt. But as an aside, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an avocado cut this direction.
    – Eric G
    Apr 26, 2021 at 0:12
  • ...not looking good to me.
    – moscafj
    Apr 26, 2021 at 0:47
  • I think there's a significant different between "can eat it" and "would want to eat it". I wouldn't want to eat that one.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 26, 2021 at 8:22

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Your friend is right. The avocado is not spoiled or in any way dangerous, just changed during storage. You can eat it without any ill effects.

There are people who would throw food out for cosmetic reasons, you can do that too, if you prefer.

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    Overripe avocados can also get bitter. I wouldn't toss that fruit for looking ugly, but, after tasting, I might throw it away for not being yummy. Apr 26, 2021 at 15:29

Avocados are frequently bad in one or both of two ways:

  • "Bruising" where the flesh turns dark brown/black, is squishy and has a sour smell;
  • "Fibrousness" where the flesh gets full of green or brown fibers.

In the bruising case, you can eat the rest of the flesh if you can cut out the bruises, at least until it takes over the avocado, and then you compost it. Bruising is caused by basic rot.

In your case, though, you're seeing the fruit's fibers from when it formed, because of being picked too young, or coming from a stressed tree, or just as a mutation. Per California Avocados:

Strings or stringy fruit or the thickening of the vascular bundles (fibers that run longitudinally through the fruit) are generally the result of fruit from younger trees or improper storage conditions. Often times the fibers or strings will disappear or become less noticeable as the fruit (and tree) matures.

These strings are harmless, but they can impair the taste and texture of the avocado, so I'd recommend giving it a taste to decide if you can still use it. It also depends partly on what you're using it in, and how you plan to process it.


That looks like a Haas avocado. You can tell they are ripe by giving the wider end a gentle squeeze. If it yields to a firm, gentle squeeze, it is good to go. If it is very soft, it has probably ripened too much. When you cut it open, a ripe avocado is uniformly green. There is generally no space between the skin and the flesh. Once they over-ripen they get brown spots inside. The taste also goes quite bitter.

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