Green-skin avocados show good quality, volume - The Packer

Green-skin avocados show good quality, volume

08/31/2012 10:37:00 AM
Tom Burfield

Plenty of quality avocados should be available through late summer and early fall.

Brooks Tropicals Inc., Homestead, Fla., offers a number of Florida-grown, green-skinned varieties from mid-June through January, said Bill Brindle, vice president of sales.

Florida avocados are water-based, not oil-based, like the hass variety, said Adrian Capote, vice president of sales for J&C Tropicals Inc., Miami.

Brooks markets its Florida avocados as SlimCados.

Peak of the season is August through mid-September, Brindle said. Then volume slowly starts to decrease.

Quality is good on Florida’s green-skins this year.

“We’ve had good growing conditions with a good amount of rainfall and nice, warm conditions this year so far,” Brindle said in mid-August.

This year’s volume is just above normal, he said, but not as big as last year’s record crop.

Fruit size is good because of rain and favorable growing conditions.

Florida’s crop benefitted from high hass prices last year, he said. But lower hass prices this season have driven Florida’s prices down a bit, too.

“Overall, it’s been a good year,” he said.

Green-skinned avocados are popular in the Northeast, though shippers are starting to tap into the West Coast market, where hass avocados dominate, and they seem to be gaining acceptance there, Capote said.

J&C Tropicals expects to have consistent supplies of good-quality Florida avocados through December.



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