Originally Posted by Barbara L
According to information I read put out by Avocado growers, they are ripe when they come off the tree--they just aren't soft enough to eat yet.
When I lived in Vista, CA there were quite a few avocado groves around, and we often heard coyotes howling from them at night. I read that coyotes would take fallen avocados and bury them. When they were soft they would dig them up and eat them.
I have a friend who has an avocado ranch a mile from here. I hear the coyotes every night. Her ranch dog eats fallen avocados as an exclusive diet, and he's so fat he can hardly waddle.
He always has green and black goo around his mouth.
If there's any left for the coyotes I'm sure they don't bury them, or Levi the dog would find them.
About kitchen wives tales...
When I married my husband, he'd cut the ends off of potatoes before baking them. I asked him why, and he said because Sally, his late wife did. He asked her why once, and she said because her mother did.
Well we still don't know why, and although I've only been married to him for three years, I cut the ends off of potatoes for baking too. It sounds goofy, but I swear the potatoes bake better.
ps......If I was ever called "the ole lady" or "the wife", he'd be kicked to the moon.