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The Fruit

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Although the avocado originates from Central America, it is nowadays cultivated in numerous countries with a subtropical or tropical climate.
 

The avocado (normally pollinated by insects) applies an exceptional mechanism to restrict inbreeding. The avocado has two types of flowers: type A and type B. Individual plants produce only either A or B flowers. The stigma of A flowers can only be pollinated on one specific morning. The stamens of this type of flowers, however, are only capable of releasing their pollen on the afternoon of the same day. The stigma of B flowers can only be pollinated on one specific afternoon, while their stamens are not capable of releasing pollen until the next morning. This implies that A flowers can only be pollinated by B flowers, which more or less prevents self-pollination.
 
The avocado is a unique type of fruit. While the majority of fruits comprise largely carbohydrates, avocado is rich in healthy fats, fibre and various essential nutrients. Numerous studies have shown that it has highly beneficial effects on human health.

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Our avocados

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Hass

Fuerte

Nabal

Pinkerton

Ettinger

Bacon

The Hass avocado.

The Hass has a rather thick, bumpy skin, which turns a deep purple when ripe, and conceals very creamy, aromatic flesh. It is not only one of the most widely supplied, but also among the tastiest varieties. It is harvested fairly late in the local season.

Fuerte

The fruit is pear-shaped, has a green, bumpy skin, and excellent flavour. It grows to around 10 or 15cm long, and weighs between 200 and 450g. The Fuerte is imported practically the whole year round, from Israel, Spain, South Africa, and Kenya.

 

Nabal

An almost spherical fruit with a bright green, often bumpy skin, the Nabal is imported (from Israel) to the European market primarily from January to April. Its practically neutral flavour renders this variety highly suitable for processing together with both sweet and savoury ingredients.

 

Pinkerton

The Pinkerton is presumably a Hass and Rincon cross-breed, originating from California, USA. The tree can withstand a temperature range from -2°C to +30°C. This implies that it can be cultivated in both sub-tropical and tropical countries. The appearance of the fruit might best be described as an avocado with alligator skin and a long neck. Its flesh melts in the mouth, has a nutty flavour and contains no fibres.

 

Ettinger

The Ettinger fruit is bright green, with a slightly lustreless, almost smooth skin. The majority of this variety is imported from Israel and South Africa.

 

Bacon

This variety, which is widely grown in both the USA and New Zealand, is mainly supplied to the European market through Spain, for sale from September through December. It is a pear-shaped fruit with a green, bumpy skin, which can grow up to 15cm long.