Avocados are a nutrient-packed food, with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Like a banana, avocado is a climacteric fruit, which matures on the tree, but ripens off the tree. Avocados used in commerce are picked hard and green and kept in coolers at 3.3 to 5.6 °C (37.9 to 42.1 °F) until they reach their final destination. Avocados must be mature to ripen properly. Avocados that fall off the tree ripen on the ground.
Generally, the fruit is picked once it reaches maturity; Mexican growers pick ‘Hass’ avocados when they have more than 23% dry matter, and other producing countries have similar standards. Once picked, avocados ripen in one to two weeks (depending on the cultivar) at room temperature (faster if stored with other fruits such as apples or bananas, because of the influence of ethylene gas).
In some cases, avocados can be left on the tree for several months, which is an advantage to commercial growers who seek the greatest return for their crop; but if the fruit remains unpicked for too long, it falls to the ground. And the following 8 health benefits of avocado for your skin, face and hair
1. Exfoliate Dead Skin
Both the outside of the peel and the pit can be used to exfoliate skin all over your body. “I use the skin of the avocado to rub into the rough skin on my elbows and feet,” says Dr. Icenhower. Another option is to dry out the pit for three days, then grind until it is a fine consistency. Do not add water. Once the pit is the right texture, add it to your facial cleanser in a small bowl. Rub on your face to clear your pores of build up and get an overall healthy glow then rinse.