Avocado is sometimes called the alligator pear due to the rough skin and dark green colour. By the way, the colour of its skin does not display its ripeness. You can only determine it by gently squeezing it in your palm. If it yields to pressure, it's ready to be eaten. The unique flavour of avocado allows for it to be used in both sweet and savory dishes. It's usually used raw in sandwiches and burgers as a spread or as an ingredient in salads. But for some countries like Brazil the usage of avocado in savory dishes is exotic. Here it's common to mash it with sugar and lime juice and eat it as a dessert or snack.