Avocado Season

Well it’s that time of the year again, Avocado season. I know we’re about 2 months into it down our way but because we have a lighter crop at home we’ve decided to leave it till after xmas.

Also we have had a huge fruit set for next year, so by picking after new year we have less chance of damaging and knocking off next years fruit. if you have noticed the price a little higher this year, that is because of a reduced yeild acroos the region due to cold weather during fruit set last year. Next year though fruit should be plentiful (as long as we get through the winter unscathed, fingers crossed), so prices should be lower.

For those of you who don’t know, avocado trees in the south west hold two crops of fruit at the same time. Yes, that’s right, this years crop as well as next years. I believe that is the reason the fruit from the south west are the best tasting fruit around, as they can spend up to 15 months on the tree. This gives the tree time to get those flavours and good oils into the fruit. If you pick fruit too early they tend to be a little watery, but get them right and you have the most beautiful fruit for your sandwhich, salad or even your footlong at subway!!

Now for those who don’t eat Avocado, too scared to try or too stubborn to try, you should, because they are good for you!!! If you haven’t tried them or reckon they taste like shit (even though you haven’t tried them) take a slice of toast, no marg or butter, just spread a nice ripe avocado (must be ripe) as you would normally do with margarine on your toast, add salt and pepper to taste and you will be away, from there you won’t be able to get enough of it……trust me, I was the same. Now for some photos…..

This one is a new fruit with the remnants of other flower buds. They will only set so many, and the tree will also shed fruit. If a tree holds 1% of all the flowers set, you are doing well.

This photo shows new fruit set. Those fruit are about 5 – 6 metres off the ground, so it’s up in the squirrel for me!! Avocados tend to set fruit where the sun hits the tree more regularly, so in order to get more fruit inside the canopy, you need to prune out some of the bigger branches, this is called window pruning. This allows light to get inside the canopy and therefore gives you more fruit.

This is a photo of me fondling, I mean checking some of this season’s fruit. Nice specimens I must say, good balance and weight!! Ha ha…….get your minds out of the gutter!!

And just some more of this season’s fruit………get out there and Grab an Avo!!!

Well tese blogs are supposed to be about sharing photos and informing everyone about diferent things, so this is my part! So make it your new years resolution to eat and Avo, if you haven’t already, and if you do, eat more and support your Australian farmers……cheers!!

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~ by Jamie Nicolaou on January 6, 2010.

4 Responses to “Avocado Season”

  1. Spread on toast as above and sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning ….. nice !!!

    We do our bit to support avo growers .

  2. Mate, i eat em straight up, salt and pepper, squeeze em out of the skin. Although the site of you fondling them like that Nicco, you might need a new rating for your blog. Probably best kept in the closet that one. haha.

    • just to compare the size of the fruit to my hand, but I know what you’re thinking Chizza!!

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