I bought a new variety of avocado at Mother’s Market the other day (at least it was new to me). The Reed Avocado. An organic variety. The sign said it was a summer time variety.
It was about twice as big as the Hass that I bought (though I know that Hass can vary greatly in size). The skin looked like the skin of the Hass, but a brighter green with a pebbly texture. When I bought it, it was soft when pressed, so I knew it was ripe.
I cut it open a few days later, fearing that I had waited too long. To my delight, it was still good. Only one small brown spot. So, it lasted well on the counter (always a plus!).
Comparing prices, I paid $1.49 each for organic Hass, and $1.99 each for the organic Reed. The Reed avocado had twice as much fruit as the Hass, so I’d say it was a really good deal. And, if you were throwing a large party, I’d definitely seek these out, because they would be less work to make a big ‘ol bucket full of guacamole.
The Reed Avocado gives the Fuetre (my favorite avocado) a real challenge. In fact, when I plant an avocado tree, I’m thinking it might be the Reed that I plant, because it fruits in the summer, where the Fuerte fruits fall through spring. That way, I’ll have avocados pretty much year round, Reed from my tree and Fuerte from friends’ trees.
I never knew there were so many varieties of avocados. Take a look at this chart from the California Avocado Commission.
Yes, I suffer from guacarexia … I love this comic…
I’ll continue to seek out new avocados, and when I do, I’ll let you know what they’re like. Here’s an older write-up on the Low-Cal avocado.