Avocado Harvest Time: Tips For Picking Avocados
Picking avocados is one of the most enjoyable activities you can do with your family or friends. You don’t need any special equipment to enjoy picking avocados.
However, there are some things you should know before starting to pick avocados. Here are few tips for picking avocados:
1) Pick only ripe fruit!
If you see any greenish or brown spots on the fruit, it’s not ripe yet. If you see any black spots on the fruit, it’s probably rotten.
So always pick only ripe fruits.
2) Don’t cut into the tree until all of its branches have been removed!
The best way to ensure that no branch will fall is to leave them all intact. Cutting into the tree without removing all of the branches first could cause the whole thing to topple over.
3) When you’re ready to eat, ripen the fruit right away!
You want to get rid of as much water as possible so that you can easily peel off the skin later. So make sure you start eating immediately after peeling off the skin.
The longer you take, the riper the fruit becomes.
4) Always look up before picking avocados!
Make sure to look up before picking avocados. Falling out of trees is a lot more dangerous than picking avocados.
But if you do happen to fall, a thick layer of leaves will break your fall. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so always look up before picking avocados!
Here are two delicious avocado recipes for your enjoyment:
California Avocado and Tomato Salad
1 California avocado, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 large tomato, cut into wedges
1 green onion, sliced into rings
1 cup cubed mozzarella or cheddar cheese (reduced fat)
In a bowl, coat the avocado with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. In another bowl, combine the tomato, onion and cheese.
Add avocado and gently toss.
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: 207 calories, 9 g protein, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 21 g carbohydrate (.5 g dietary fiber), 24 mg cholesterol, 269 mg sodium.
From the California Avocado Commission:
1 medium ripe avocado (about 6 ounces)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cups finely chopped seeded tomatoes (about 2 medium tomatoes)
1 cup finely chopped seeded cucumbers (about 1 large cucumber)
1 cup finely chopped green onions (about 4 medium onions)
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
Peel and dice the avocado, then mash with a fork. Stir in the lemon juice.
In a large bowl, combine the avocado mixture with the tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions and feta. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Makes 6 servings
Per serving: 129 calories, 4 g protein, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 6 g carbohydrate (1 g dietary fiber), 15 mg cholesterol, 339 mg sodium.
From the California Avocado Commission:
2 Medium or 1 Large Ripe California Avocado(s)
1/4 cup lime juice (more if desired)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 small cloves)
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped (1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped green onions (about 4 medium onions)
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (optional, can sub in 1/2 serrano, or leave out completely for a milder taste)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (about 1/2 bunch)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Cut avocados in half, remove seed, and scoop out flesh into a large bowl. Add lime juice and mash with a fork until no longer chunky.
Sources & references used in this article:
Reasons for low yields of avocados by BO Bergh – California Avocado Society Yearbook, 1967 – avocadosource.com
Avocado fruit—Persea americana by E Hurtado-Fernández, A Fernández-Gutiérrez… – Exotic fruits, 2018 – Elsevier
The avocado in Israel by RJ Ticho, B Gefen – California Avocado Society Yearbook, 1965 – avocadosource.com
Sample avocado production costs and profitability analysis for Florida by EA Evans, IB Lozano – … University of Florida, Institute of Food …, 2014 – efotg.sc.egov.usda.gov
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Effects of greenhouse thrips (Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis) life-stage, density and feeding duration on damage to avocado fruit by P Stevens, K Froud, E Mills – Revista chapingo serie horticultura, 1999 – avocadosource.com
More on avocados in Israel by R Ohad – California Avocado Society Yearbook, 1965 – avocadosource.com