What Is the Difference Between the Black and Green Avocados?


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Avocados are one of the most popular foods in the Western world.

They’re so popular that even though we only eat them raw and ripe, they’re worth over $23 billion annually as a spread, a dip, or as a dessert ingredient.

In addition to being delicious and super nutritious, avocados are also one of the easiest things for us to acquire in high volumes.

If you live in a place with an abundant growing season or access to a large grocery store with a good produce section, you probably have access to them all year round.

If you don’t have access to them at all during certain parts of the year, it will be easy for you to acclimate by getting more when those seasons roll around again. And if your friend happens to have some from their recent vacation back home… well now you know what that means!

Is Black Avocado Better Than Green?

The difference between black and green avocados is that the black one is raw and the green one is cooked.

The black avocado is typically ripe and ready to eat when you open it up, while the green avocado has been cooked to remove some of the natural sugars they already have.

Most people prefer eating their avocados raw, though, so the difference doesn’t matter.

As with most things, you might find that you like both versions of avocados better depending on what your taste buds are looking for at any given time.

We’re talking about a fruit that’s considered to be good for your health too!

What Does Black Avocado Mean?

As you may have guessed, black avocados are ripe and ready to eat. To speed up the ripening process, some people will put them in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana. This produces ethylene gas which is responsible for creating ripe fruits and vegetables.

Green avocados do not have the same coloration as black avocados because they have not yet been exposed to ethylene gas. They are typically green when picked from the tree and remain that way for months until they are fully ripe.

Due to their exposure to ethylene gas, black avocados contain more of the healthy antioxidants called carotenoids than their green counterparts. These antioxidants help fight free radicals resulting in a healthier body – one with more protection against disease and illness.

What Are Green Avocados Good For?

If you’re wondering what to do with a green avocado, there are a few things it can be used for. You can eat it raw or make guacamole with it.

It also has a nutritional profile that is different from its brown counterpart–it’s higher in Vitamin C and lowers in calories and saturated fat.

Additionally, if you want to add colors to your diet, you can use green avocados as an ingredient in salads or even as the main color of your dish!

What Can I Do With Black Avocado?

Black avocados are typically grown in the southern hemisphere, and they have a more bitter flavor that is due to their higher sugar content.

Black avocados can be used as a dip for chips, crackers, and raw vegetables. They are also good in guacamole or with cooked vegetables or meats.

They can also be used as a topping on sandwiches and wraps. Finally, they make an excellent salad dressing or sauce.

What Can I Do With Green Avocado?

Green avocado is a variety of avocado that has been ripened by ethylene, which is the same chemical that causes apples to turn brown as they’re exposed to air. This process also gives green avocados their characteristic dark green color and slightly bitter flavor.

Green avocados are considered inedible when they’re fully ripe because of their bitterness. Still, they can be made into guacamole with the help of some other ingredients (such as cilantro) or even eaten raw with a squeeze of lime juice.

The difference between black and green avocados is that the black one is already ripe while the green one needs to be ripened.


Whether you choose a black or green avocado, you’re sure to be getting some of the best nutrients nature has to offer.

Black avocados are typically riper and contain more carotenoids than their green counterparts, while green avocados offer higher levels of Vitamin C and fewer calories.

But no matter what type of avocado you reach for in the supermarket, you can always rely on its nutritious benefits! So go ahead – try them both and see which one is your favorite.  Happy snacking!

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Willow Dunham

Willow Dunham

Hi, my name is Willow Dunham, and I'm an avocado tree grower. I live in Florida with my girlfriend, Jane, and we have a big yard with 5 avocado trees. Avocado has always been one of my favorite foods. I love the taste and how versatile it is.

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