If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it's ripe and ready to eat. Ripe, ready-to-eat avocados may have a darker color but color can vary so it is best to go by feel as well as color. It will feel slightly soft but it will not feel “mushy” to the touch. Ripe fruit is perfect for that day. Avocados are a healthy food you can add. The vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats you get from avocados help prevent disease and keep your body in good working order. Avocados may help ward off: Cancer.