When I was growing up in California, my neighbours often gave us avocados from their trees. We would eat them straight out of the shells or make them into guacamole. A peeled avocado is a slippery thing. The easiest way to get the flesh out is to halve the avocado - unpeeled - slicing around the stone with the knife, then twist off the halves. Gently whack the stone with the blade of a sharp knife - be very careful, and aim well - then twist the knife to loosen the stone and pull it out. Using a spoon, scoop the flesh from the shells. If you need sliced or diced avocado, it is easier to cut up the flesh while it is still in the shell (take care you do not slice through the skin into your hand) then scoop it out using a large spoon. Guacamole 2 large, ripe avocados 1 tomato, diced .25 red onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1-2 hot chillies, finely minced Fresh coriander, chopped 1 tbs lime juice Salt, to taste Scoop the flesh from the shells of the avocado and mash. Add tomato, onion, garlic and chilli to taste. Stir in remaining ingredients and serve as soon as possible.