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New Season Avocados

Posted by helen 
New Season Avocados
May 21, 2019 03:19AM
Having a teen who would live on avocado if she could, I have been waiting for the new season to start.
Our local NW has new season fruit in this week. 2 large very green (hass) avocados for $10.
Not a bargain but I am happy to pay $5 each IF the fruit is mature enough too ripen.
Can I assume do you think that if it is in the supermarket system then it should ripen OK or is it still just too early?
Curious to hear if anyone has any words of caution on this one.
I know the first of the season feijoas and kiwifruit are often disasters.
Re: New Season Avocados
May 21, 2019 05:21AM
A friend from Tauranga told me that she had had a seasonal job testing avocados for orchards to see if they were ripe enough to be harvested. Hopefully yours will be fine. I would like to think the buyers for large companies would not spend the high purchase cost on underripe fruit. Having said that, $5 for an avocado is a lot of money and I am going to wait till I hear from Avocados To You on the Coromandel that theirs are ready to ship.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/21/2019 05:22AM by Chris.
Re: New Season Avocados
May 21, 2019 10:34AM
Yes $5 is a lot, I have justified it by not buying coffee from my local cafe any more.
We could give up both but I am happy to support the teen's avocado habit.
Re: New Season Avocados
May 21, 2019 12:55PM
I hope they will be okay - but the season does not start until August/September. There are some Zutano about down here in Hawke's Bay, they are never any good, but picked at this time of year I don't think they will be edible.
Re: New Season Avocados
May 21, 2019 10:28PM
Helen, I would keep the supermarket receipt, and if they are inedible return them. Supermarkets are always in a hurry to be first out with new season produce, as it commands a premium price. Rather your son likes avocadoes than processed foods//!!!!
Re: New Season Avocados
May 22, 2019 02:39AM
Speaking of Kiwifruit, two weeks ago I bought a kilo bag on special at one of our local supermarkets. They were (are) as hard as nails and none of them have ripened naturally or by being put in a bag with apples and some with bananas. I remember many,many years ago my sister told me that it is the frost that ripens them, so I did an experiment. I put one in the freezer and left it there for about 4 hours. Took it out and sat it on the bench for a couple of hours then ate it. It was still a little hard but not as hard as those still in the paper bags. So I put 2 in the freezer just before going to bed. When I remembered them next day, round about lunch time as that's when I usually eat my fruit, I took them out and left them sitting on the bench. About 3 hours later they were leaving little puddles of liquid on the bench and they were very soft - overly soft but they were delicious. Now I'll progressively put one or two in the freezer and set my timer for 6 hours and hopefully I can finish them in the next few days.
Re: New Season Avocados
May 22, 2019 01:09PM
At our local and excellent fruit and vege shop they are $9.99 for just one? They have the other round type that are ripe when green, can't remember the variety, for a couple of dollars less but still!! WTF. I bought a bag of frozen Mexican ones from Gilmours a little while ago, they are frozen in halves, I will get one out and try it now the price has come to this again!
Re: New Season Avocados
May 31, 2019 01:34AM
Outcome of this is that we are all happy.
The avocados are ripening beautifully. I have since bought about 4 more as they are now 2 for $8.
Still no bargain but I don't mind.
They are new season Stephanie, I guess maybe from Northland.
The avocado person I interviewed on radio said that the main season starts in June so these are only a little early.
Re: New Season Avocados
May 31, 2019 12:35PM
And with all this information I have bought two today at $3.50 each. Hass and not ripe yet. But I'm looking forward to them with hope in my heart and tum.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 04, 2019 10:36AM
Good to know Helen - I am always hesitant incase they don't ripen or even worse - just go bad. Good idea to take them back if they dont, never thought of that.
I saw in leaving Tauranga in the weekend you could get 5 for $10, Im assuming small ones. I wish Id stopped.

On the opposite end, I hate buying mangos only to discover they are brown inside - really disappointing. I must remember to take back.
My son LOVES mango and would eat 2 a day if I let him!

Vanessa - Avocado lover too
Re: New Season Avocados
June 06, 2019 04:12AM
I tried the frozen ones last night! I defrosted them (they were in halves), the texture definitely changes with freezing they were a bit sort of jellyish rather than firm. The colour stayed perfect but the flavour was a bit wierd I felt. So I mashed them up with lime juice and a dash of green Tabasco, beautiful colour and the mashed texture was good but no where near the flavour of fresh avocado. Would have been improved with finely chopped onion and tomato and made into a proper Guacamole I think. Oh well.... worth a try.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 06, 2019 05:23AM
Danube where did you buy the frozen fruit from?
I think they are fine for guacamole but haven't tried them any other way.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 06, 2019 07:42AM
Hi Helen, I got them at Gilmours in the Frozen veges section, depending on the day they have bags of about 8 halves of frozen skinless Avocado fruit, pre-made guacamole in tubs and also another brand of pre-made in a plastic bag. Some of these products are from Mexico. The frozen avocado halves make a beautiful silky bright green puree but lack flavour and the texture is slightly different, I wouldn't like them used sliced or cubed in a dish which is what I had hoped to use them for - in a salsa, they loose their texture. So i mashed them up and they were fine, very nice colour.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 07, 2019 12:16PM
My two show no sign of ripening yet but seem to be shrinking! I do miss my go to breakfast of just a quarter of an avocado on promite Vogel sunflower and barley toast, so am watching them like a hawk.
DK
Re: New Season Avocados
June 08, 2019 07:46AM
I recently participated in a survey about introducing a new frozen avocado product; whether or not I'd buy it, if I would be more likely to buy them in wholes, halves, chunks etc. I don't know if they were referring to locally-grown avocados or not.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 09, 2019 01:24AM
Report update. One of my $3.50 avocados was ready this morning but it was pale, milky and flavourless. Disappointing. Interestingly it ripened from the neck downwards. The reverse is normal.
Every year this happens. I should know better.
I'm going to wait until late July before I try again.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 18, 2019 03:31AM
Stephanie we are buying avocados regularly but I don't think they are as rich and creamy as I like them to be.
They are $2.50 each at our local NW.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 18, 2019 04:21AM
Helen, last year at this time I bought a box from a Tauranga grower (to share with a friend) and they were stringy, pale and disappointing. I told the grower, whose parents had had some from the same pick and gave them the same feedback, and she replaced them and said then that they really were too early, and the richness and depth of flavour develop much more, later in the season. I have bought some more (silly me) and they are the same. Patience!
Re: New Season Avocados
June 18, 2019 04:46AM
Yes I tend to agree.
I need to find a grower to create a regular order with so that we have a continuous supply of good avocados all through the season.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 18, 2019 10:09AM
i stopped at a road side wheel barrow yesterday and they had 3 large avocados in a bag for $5.00.They were hass because I know them quite well, but they were bright green and rough skinned.I didn't buy any because I think that they should be picked this sept/oct.I think that they probably will go soft but will be tasteless.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 18, 2019 10:32AM
I have three large Hass bought four days ago still trying to ripen. Not sure they will.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 18, 2019 10:43AM
Can I add the wheel barrow of avocados were sitting outside a rural property only built last year with no trees around it, so I don't know where they obtained them.This is a problem because they are so expensive people steal them and are advertised on facebook.I don't know where the wheel barrow of avocados came from but they were not ready to sell.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 18, 2019 10:54AM
helen Wrote:
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> Yes I tend to agree.
> I need to find a grower to create a regular order
> with so that we have a continuous supply of good
> avocados all through the season.

Helen, you might like to check out Avocados To You. They are on the Coromandel and I have been buying from them for several years now. I usually get an email to say when they are ready.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 19, 2019 04:49PM
Love avocados though I do, I just don't think there's any point trying to eat them too early. I'm hanging on for the proper season when the flavour will be as it should be.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 22, 2019 11:05AM
Thanks Chris I will definitely try them.
Re: New Season Avocados
June 22, 2019 10:09PM
The large very green avocado's I bought five days ago are now ready to eat having sat in a bag with a couple of feijoas. A little on the moist side and not particularly flavoursome, but okay for now - for my needs.
Re: New Season Avocados
July 24, 2019 11:56PM
I have tried them every now and again and the latest one, started for breakfast this morning, is still disappointing. Pale, milky and almost flavourless. Interesting that they colour differently too. Instead of the matt black one is accustomed to with Hass avocados when they ripen, they are a shiny brown/black. Presumably still being picked too early. Sigh.
Re: New Season Avocados
July 25, 2019 12:16AM
I've started to buy avocados from this Katikati grower: [www.theavotree.co.nz] We have just finished our first box, and the quality was very good so I've ordered again.
Re: New Season Avocados
July 25, 2019 02:17AM
TPANDAV Wrote:
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> I've started to buy avocados from this Katikati
> grower: [www.theavotree.co.nz] We have
> just finished our first box, and the quality was
> very good so I've ordered again.

I clicked on the link but it doesn’t seem active yet. I am very happy with what I get from avocados to you but it would be good to compare. Will tr y that link again next week.
Re: New Season Avocados
July 25, 2019 02:23AM
How odd, it was alive this morning. Maybe they are updating their site.
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