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The Florida Avocado

July 20, 2009

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As promised, we dissected and examined our giant Florida avocado.

Our first observation upon cutting it in half was that it looked like any other avocado…except bigger. The pit was huge! Our second observation was that the avocado was juicy. The juice was more watery than sticky, but it caught us by surprise. We’re not sure if the juice is the result of being over ripe or if Florida avocados are just juicy in general.

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Some fun facts about Florida avocados:

1. Florida avocados can weigh up to 5lbs! We’re guessing our avocado weighs around 2.5 – 3 lbs.

2. The average Florida avocado produces 2 1/2 cups of diced fruit

3. Florida avocados have less fat and fewer calories than other varieties such as Hass avocados.

4. Florida avocados are often marketed with names such as Slimcados or Lite Avocado

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Once we cut the avocado up using a Chef’n Flexicado (yes, the Flexicado even works on gigantic avocados!) we tasted it. It definitely tasted like an avocado, but it was sweeter and had more of a plant taste. But that’s just us. Anyone else ever tasted a Florida avocado? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. AG #
    November 22, 2009

    It seems the Florida avocado is generally hated, except by me. Me and everyone in my house and family adore them. They’re a steady source of our protein. Living in Florida means we generally get a nice pick at the local market. I don’t like regular avocados so much, I find the Hass variety too nutty and sometimes just bitter. Florida avocados have a sweet flavor that makes them perfect as a side with some sea salt and lemon.

    We have about 4 growing in our yard. It’s love around here for them.

    Perhaps, people that don’t favor other avocados will enjoy the Florida avocado. It’s a shame that so many people dislike them, this scrumptous fruit has been around my table, my grandmother’s, and so on. Maybe, it’s a Floridian thing.

  2. glenda torrence #
    February 3, 2010

    I bought my first Florida avocado today, haven’t tried it yet…bought 2 regular ones just in case….haha. Will let you know how I like it….

    • February 5, 2010

      Please do! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

  3. eric #
    March 21, 2010

    i am experimenting mixing the florida and has varieties in guacamole and it seems to work really well. both kinds were perfectly ripe – flesh just indents when pressed by your finger when i cut them open and mashed with a small tub of pico de gallo that i purchaced (tomatoe, onion, cilantro, green pepper ALREADY CHOPPED) along with juice from a lime. The trick is finding both of these kinds iat the store typically they carry one or the other. If Hass is like whole milk and Florida is skim…together they make 2%!

    • March 22, 2010

      Haha! Love the whole milk/skim milk analogy. That’s great. Thanks for sharing!

  4. April 10, 2010

    i live in california and i LOVE THESE…….we have a tree in my back yard they are sooo delicious……with just salt….and there is so much of it…u can seriously just indulge……you cant do that with the little tiny ones unless u have 3 or 4……and the Florida Avac. have less fat too…..(you prob shouldnt be eating indulging….but i tend to do it when they are in season)……The flavor is not as creamy but it is stilll really delicious….if you tasted a plant flavor it probably wasnt fully ripened.

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