21 ways to savor avocados
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2) Preserve the tastiest part, the dark green layer under the skin. First, remove the pit: Cut lengthwise around the middle to the center and twist halves apart. Thunk a chef’s knife into pit and twist to pull out. To get pit off, slide against inner rim of kitchen sink. If you’re mashing the avocado, scrape it out with a spoon. If you want beautiful, perfect slices and dice, score skin down center with a paring knife and carefully pull off peel.
You can grow a Hass in Sunset climate zones 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, and 24; for zone explanations and complete growing instructions, see the Sunset Western Garden Book or sunset.com/climatezones.
Along with an appropriate climate, give your tree enough space (canopies can spread 30 feet); excellent drainage; and enough water so that soil is moist but not wet.