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First remove the stem from the fruit. Using a sharp knife, slice the avocado in half, turning the avocado on the blade as you slice. Twist the avocado halves to pull apart. If possible, scoop the seed out with a spoon. If the seed won't come out with a gentle tug, then pierce the seed with your knife. Give the blade a gentle twist and remove the seed. Make a small slice down the skin on the outside, and simply peel it away. Now you are ready to serve it, slice or mash for guacamole.
keep the pit! the avocado's hard interior may not be edible, but if you stick it in a container of guacamole, it will slow down the browning process that inevitably turns your bright green dip into a brown one. Mashed up avocado with a bit of salt is a great replacement for the mayo in your sandwiches, plus it's way better for you.