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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Winter Avocados ALMOST Here...
Winter Avocado Variety: Fuerte - Delicious!
Did you know there are "summer" avocados and "winter" avocados? They are an interesting fruit -- with over 500 varieties in California alone. There are over 1,500 kinds world wide.
Most people only know about the "classic" summer fruit -- Hass. (It's pronounced like it's spelled folks... my kids feel like they get a pass on a cuss word...)
ANYWAY - right now, in November, we are between the two seasons. But soon -- like in the next 10 days or so -- the first of the winter fruits will start to be ready for pick'n.
Here is what will become available soon:
First - Zutano Second - Bacon Then - Fuerte
These are classic, thin skinned, "green", winter varieties. They start out with little oil - so they are lower in fat and calories - perfect for salads and to whiz up in the blender for protein filled smoothies or frothy desserts (add milk and sugar).
As the season progresses into January and February - they gain more and more oil and flavor. I personally LOVE Bacon avocados - they are a large, beautiful, light green flesh that makes for perfect slices - and delicious sauces too!
So keep your eyes out for Winter varieties soon.
If you find California Hass or Lamb - they are VERY late season and will be REALLY FULL of oil -- maybe even starting to turn (e.g. - they can get rancid!) -- so taste test them -- and if they are good - CHOW DOWN! They will be super rich!
(P.S. -- Most of the avos in the stores are now from Chili and Mexico -- scrawny little things that have shipped a long, long way in not the best conditions (sometimes). So be patient -- and wait for the cream of the Winter crop!