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Bacon Avocados

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The Bacon Avocado season is just starting up and will go for a few more weeks. The Bacon avocado is a hybrid of two Mexican avocado varieties and was originally cultivated in 1954 by James Bacon in Buena Park, CA. Bacon’s are a cold resistant cultivar and can withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, making it acceptable for planting in USDA zone 9. ( https://garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Gardening_Zone_9)  

Bacon’s have smooth bright green skin and creamy pale green flesh. Their mild flavor is delicious on avocado toast or in a winter citrus salad. Be careful when cutting this avocado into slices as the skin is very thin and delicate. We recommend peeling back the skin and then slicing the avocado.

Avocados should be stored at a moderate temperature of 45-55 degrees. Putting Avocados in the coldest part of your refrigerator will “burn them”. Black spots that appear in the flesh are caused by storage in cold temperatures so make sure to take the avocado out of the refrigerator to finish ripening at room temperature.  They are ready to eat when they have a slight give to gentle pressure. To speed up the ripening process place the avocados in a paper bag with fruit that naturally give off ethylene such as bananas or apples.

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