Can you eat green avocado?

In this short article, we will answer the question, “Can you eat green avocado?” with an in-depth analysis of green avocado, the nutritional composition of green avocado, the health benefits, and risks of eating green avocado as well as some ways to eat green avocado. 

Can you eat green avocado? 

Yes, you can eat green avocado. Although the flavor and texture of green avocados will not be as pleasant as ripened varieties, they are perfectly safe to consume and do not cause any harm to the body.

How does green avocado taste like?

Green avocado is the unripe form of real avocado. Unripe avocados are extremely hard in texture, containing a single seed inside, unlike fully ripened avocados that are soft and buttery (1). 

The taste of green avocados is bitter, yet bland. It is not very pleasant to eat, unlike ripe avocados with that sweet and savory flavor. 

What are the different stages of avocado ripening?

Avocados go through several stages of ripeness as they mature. The most common stages of avocado ripeness are (2,3): 

  • Hard: At this stage, the avocado is hard and unripe. It will be green in color and will not yield to pressure when squeezed 
  • Preconditioned: Slight give with strong thumb pressure 
  • Breaking:  The avocado begins to soften and change color but is still firm to the touch. The skin may start to show small patches of brown
  • Soft: At this stage, the avocado is fully ripe and yields to gentle pressure when squeezed. The skin will be mostly brown, and the flesh will be creamy and delicious 
  • Overripe: An overripe avocado will be very soft and mushy to the touch. The skin will be almost entirely brown or black, and the flesh will be brown and possibly stringy 

What are the health benefits of green avocado?

Green avocados have the same health benefits as fully ripened avocados which are mentioned below: 

Nutritional enrichment

The following table gives the nutritional information of half avocado of serving size, 75g (1,4,5):

Energy (kJ) 684 
Protein (g) 1.34 
Fat, total (g) 17 
– saturated (g) 2.5 
Carbohydrate (g) 0.06 
– sugars (g) 
Dietary Fibre (g) 3.86 
Sodium (mg) 8.6 
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.47 
Folate (µg) 81.6 
Niacin (mg) 1.85 
Vitamin E (mg) 1.25 
Vitamin C (mg) 2.02 
Potassium (mg) 390 

Green avocados are rich in nutrients like vitamins C, E, and K as well as vitamin B6 and also riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, potassium and beta carotene.

Green avocado also contains highly nutritious fats that make us feel fuller between meals. Taking fat, slow down the breakdown process of carbohydrates which helps to maintain blood sugar levels in a normal range. 

Fat has a great significant level because it is the basic need of every cell. It makes healthy skin and increases the absorption level of fat-soluble substances. It also boosts our immune system (1).

Boosts Cardiac Level

There are 76 milligrams of a natural sterol of plant in every 100 green avocados, which is termed beta-sitosterol. Its regular consumption maintains a healthy cholesterol level in the body which helps in the normal functioning of the heart (5).

Best for vision 

Green avocados contain zeaxanthin and lutein, which are phytochemicals that are present in the eyes. These give us antioxidant protection to reduce the destruction caused by UV light.

 Minimizes the depression level

Green avocados also provide folate that has a direct relationship with depression, helps in good sleep, and regulates mood levels and a good appetite(1).

What are the risks of eating green avocado?

The risks of eating green avocado are rare but if consumed in excessive amounts, it can maximize blood thinner levels due to the presence of vitamin K or it may cause an allergic reaction from its side product like avocado oil so it is better to first try such things on a small patch of the body (5).

Also, green avocados are hard with a bitter taste, which may not be liked by everyone. 

What are the ways to eat green avocado?

Avocados can be used in a wide range of meals, including guacamole, avocado toast, salads, smoothies, and sandwiches. Here are some ways to add green avocado to your diet (7).

Fry it up 

Slice the avocado and then dip the slices in a whisked egg and coat with breadcrumbs. Now you can either fry the slices or bake them as per your choice, till they become crispy and golden. You can also dip the slices of avocado in tempura batter and fry until crispy.

Make avocado patties 

Cube the avocado pulp, bake till soft, and then squeeze it all up. Coat with breadcrumbs, an egg, and spices to make nice avocado patties.

Make a salad 

Grate the avocado and marinate in a mixture containing an even quantity of sugar, lemon juice, and fish sauce. Allow it to rest for at least 20 minutes, then add sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

Add in bacon 

Wrap the slices of the avocado in bacon or prosciutto and bake till they become crispy.

Bake it 

Cut the avocado and place the cubes on a baking plate. Prepare a béchamel sauce, and pour it over the avocado with some grated cheese on top. Bake till it turns golden and bubbly.

Add in a soup 

Cook the avocado with onions, garlic, carrots, and herbs till the vegetables are mushy. Mix the soup until completely creamy, add salt and pepper to taste, and serve with a pinch of lemon juice or sour cream.

How to ripen avocado faster?

If you do not want to consume green avocado and want it to ripe, here are some ways you can use it (6,7): 

  • Bury the avocado in flour
  • Wrap the avocado in a newspaper
  • Store the avocado near fruits like bananas or apples that release ethylene gas 
  • Place the avocado in a paper bag
  • Put the avocado in a jar of rice
  • Heat avocado in a microwave


In this short article, we have answered the question, “Can you eat green avocado?” with an in-depth analysis of green avocado, the nutritional composition of green avocado, the health benefits and risks of eating green avocado as well as some ways to eat green avocado. 


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