As a California baby, avocados are one of my top five favorite foods. Here are a number of favorite avocado recipes in one list - aside from guacamoles, they're particularly wonderful in salads, on toast, and in dips, soups and purees. Avocados have a decadent creamy, potassium-rich flesh that makes them perfect for any number of preparations. Consider them a nutrition booster, because eating them in conjunction with foods that contain fat-soluble phytonutrients like lutein, make those nutrients much more available to the body.
To select an avocado, I put it in the palm of my hand, gently wrap my fingers around it, and squeeze very lightly. The flesh will give just a bit if it's ripe. Another way to tell is to fiddle around with the little stem button; looseness indicates ripeness.