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See, avocado is a fruit tree native to Central Mexico and it grows in a subtropical climate - so, not in Europe -, therefore it is a bit difficult to find good avocado over here. Especially in Italy, since it is not a part of any typical Italian recipes, and we all now how traditional Italians can be with their recipes :)
The avocados you normally find here in Italy come from Israel or South Africa and they are different from the ones in Mexico - and much more expensive!
Also, back home I never paid much attention to the ripening process, having the trees and the marketplaces, there was never a problem to find a ripe, ready to eat, avocado. But here, I've learned to always buy the avocados in the supermarkets (the few ones that sell them) at least 3 days in advance and then let them ripe at home, wrapped in paper and left inside the oven (once I forgot I had left the avocado in the oven and turned it on, after a couple of minutes I started smelling burnt paper... but that's just me, I forget stuff!). There are only few street markets in Milan where you can buy avocados that are ripe enough and ready to eat the same day - among them there's my favorite Isola market - so it's better to buy them in advance and let them mature. You'll know they are mature when they are soft to the touch (but not too soft).
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If you need recipes, more nutrition facts and tips, visit this great website: http://www.theamazingavocado.com