Jimmy Bosworth (left), chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Peruvian Avocado Commission, and Enrique Camet, chairman of the Peruvian Hass Avocado Association, hold one of the first boxes of Peruvian avocados to be exported to the U.S.
Jimmy Bosworth (left), chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Peruvian Avocado Commission, and Enrique Camet, chairman of the Peruvian Hass Avocado Association, hold one of the first boxes of Peruvian avocados to be exported to the U.S.

The season’s first shipment of Peruvian avocados arrived in the U.S. the week of Aug. 19.

To mark the occasion, an Aug. 17 ceremony was in Los Angeles, where the first fruit arrived, according to a news release from the Washington, D.C.-based Peruvian Avocado Commission.

This is the first season in which hass avocados from Peru that have not been quarantined are allowed in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service approved the new import protocol effective July 22.

About 20 million pounds are expected to be exported to the U.S. this season, according to the commission. In the future, Peru is expected to ship avocados to the U.S. from May to September.