How can I tell if an avocado is over-ripe or on the verge of spoiling?

The flesh will turn brown as a result of oxidation. If only the top layer is brown, simply scape it off. If underlying areas are brown, discard the avocado. Over-ripe or spoiled avocados may carry a rancid odor.
 
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Avocadocentral "Frequently Asked Questions"

 

 
 

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