Here's a Fresh Way to Pop the Question

February 19, 2018

Picture it: the marriage proposal. People veer classic—down on one knee, small velvet box—or completely unconventional—a choreographed musical number in your local Home Depot. Whatever your flavor, a marriage proposal is bound to be a memorable moment. But there’s a new trend, a take on the genre, that’s left me scratching my head, wondering what have we come to?

It seems people are now proposing with avocados. Yes, you read that right. The green, fleshy fruit of guacamole and toast fame, is being repurposed as a vessel for engagement rings. Don’t believe me? The proof is in the pudding, or, in this case, the Instagram.

It all began when food account FoodDeco shared the above picture in the days before Valentine’s Day. Two hands open an avocado to reveal what is unmistakably an engagement ring wedged into the avocado’s creamy pulp. It sits in the crater where the pit used to be. The effect is halting, disheartening. I, upon viewing it, am slightly dismayed and slightly grossed out. Is this the best way to propose? Is this the best use of an avocado?

Wait, but how do these avocados stay so green? Lemon juice hack, perhaps? Hmmm. It all feels a bit strange to me, but who am I to say. Love is love, right? Even when it comes in the form of an avocado.

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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.


Kim T. February 20, 2018
Hey! That's my photo up there. @kimtylerphotography
HalfPint February 20, 2018
Unless your intended hates/is allergic to avocados, it's a nice way to propose. Sweet and simple. My husband proposed to me in the garage, over a tool chest, so the avo-proposal is much more romantic ;)
foofaraw February 20, 2018
Would you be my wife, from the time we are green golden to the time we are brown and bruised and wrinkled, at either the hard time or the soft time, and together nurture our children until they sprout and leave us?
HalfPint February 20, 2018
Awww. When you put it that way, it's rather sweet.