California Avocado Winter Varieties
Most recently we have been seeing the shiny thin skinned Bacon avocado. The Bacon season for the most part is done but as we know by now there is no official start and end date to a season. We may end up seeing a grower that has one more picking just when we thought the season was over.
The Fuerte Avocado is now coming on strong for the next month or so. The medium sized pear shaped has an easy to peel thin green skin that stays green after ripening. The flesh is a creamy pale green with a light smooth taste that pairs perfectly with a salad.
Along with the Fuertes we will see some overlap with the California Hass as they are “released” or “made oil” as they say in the produce industry. Even though the Hass avocados are allowed to be picked with a low oil content they are not ready to be enjoyed yet. The beginning of the season always yields fruit with low flavor and uneven inconsistent ripening. Growers pick the first crop to thin out the tree, creating more space to allow the next picking to size up. A larger more mature piece of fruit has had time to develop a good flavor which holds great value for both the grower and the end customer.
Interesting Fuerte Facts:
*Fuerte means strong in Spanish because the variety can withstand temperatures as low as 26 degrees
*Fuertes are a cross between a Mexican and Guatemalan species.
*Fuerte was the original California favorite back in the 1950’s and helped to build the avocado industry.
Earl’s Fuertes are coming from various growers in San Diego County which produces 60 percent of all California Avocados, and is the acknowledged avocado capital of the nation. (The California Avocado Commission CAC) Avocados contain Vitamin C and E which is good for the immune system and muscle development and Riboflavin and Niacin aid in digestion and help maintain healthy skin. Avocados taste great and are good for you. What’s not to like?
Earl loves his avocados! Follow us as we continue to update you on the California avocado season. We will let you know what geographic regions the avocados are coming from and when they are at their peak flavor.