The harvest will begin to peak in late February and grower-shippers will have good supplies of avocados at least through September, DeLyser said.
The coastal season usually starts a few months after the southern region, but northern growers will have to do some select picking earlier than usual, Shade said.
“We have to get the big fruit off the trees to let the smaller stuff size,” he said. “And some of my neighbors are going to have to pick so that the trees don’t break.”
Perhaps it was an omen that the avocados endured the heat and blustery weather.
“We had some hellacious winds, but the fruit stayed on the trees,” Shade said.
Another advantage is the ever growing popularity of avocados.
“We’re very fortunate that the demand is still very, very high and exceeds supply,” Wolk said. “The demand is very healthy, and even refreshing.”
So, with the start of the California avocado season just around the corner, shoppers may want to do a little rehearsing for those Super Bowl parties. After all, 470 million pounds of avocados makes for a nice batch of guacamole.
What's your take on California's 2009 avocado season and the upcoming one? Leave a comment and tell us your opinion.