Avocado Varieties - Types of Avocados

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Hass

The Hass variety has become the year-round avocado available in stores.  It is distinctive for its skin that turns from green to purplish-black when ripe, the Hass is now the leading variety of California Avocado and has an excellent shelf life.  The Hass has been highly marketed and is grown throughout the globe.  It is very popular for it's nutty flavor and good handling characteristics.  Shop today for the avocado variety you are looking for.   
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Hass

"Photo Courtesy California Avocado Commission"

Description:

  • Oval-shaped fruit
  • Small to medium seed
  • Easy peeling
  • Great taste


Size:

  • Full range from average to large, 5 to 12 ounces


Appearance:

  • Pebbly, thick but pliable skin
  • Pale green flesh with creamy texture


Ripe Characteristics:

  • Skin darkens as it ripens
  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure when ripe



 


Fuerte


The Fuerte variety is an established avocado favorite.  It is a California winter variety that has an excellent flavor.  The name Fuerte, which means strong in spanish, was given after this variety was one of the sole varieties to survive freezing temperatures.  Harvested late fall through spring, the Fuerte is the original high quality California Avocado.  The Fuerte is a smooth skin variety and is on the verge of being classified in  the "avocado other" category.  There is no so few trees planted that it is no longer marketed to the consumer via retail stores.  As a grower, this is one of my favorite avocados to eat and grow.  Shop today for the avocado variety you are looking for.   


Fuerte

"Photo Courtesy California Avocado Commission"

Description:

  • Pear-shaped
  • Medium seed
  • Peels easily
  • Great taste


Size:

  • Medium to large fruit, ranging from 5 to 14 ounces


Appearance:

  • Smooth thin green skin
  • Creamy, pale green flesh


Ripe Characteristics:

  • Skin remains green
  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure when ripe



 

 

Reed

The Reed avocado is a summertime variety that extends into late fall.  It is a large, round fruit that is known for it's softball shape.  During their prime, this variety tastes excellent.  It is rarely available and only found in some Southern California retail stores.  The Reed is excellent for slicing and eating.  One of the more favorite uses are as a complete meal substitute.  The size of this fruit and the round shape make it conducive for a make shift bowl.  Remove the pit and fill the center with your favorite ingredients and enjoy.   Shop today for the avocado variety you are looking for.   


Reed

"Photo Courtesy California Avocado Commission"

Description:

  • Round fruit

  • Medium seed

  • Easy peeling

  • Good taste


Size:

  • Medium to large, ranging from 8 to 18 ounces


Appearance:

  • Thick green skin with slight pebbling
  • Creamy flesh


Ripe Characteristics:

  • Skin remains green
  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure when ripe