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Bad tasting avocados recently?

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We were eating 3 avocados a week in the summer, and if I recall correctly they were hass avocados from Mexico. Now they're from Chile and they taste awful to us, similar to one of those big Florida avocados that we tried once and threw away. The first few times we just thought we bought bad avocados, after the 7th one we gave up! Anyone else having a similar experience?

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  1. I'm afraid that I don't remember at all where the two avocados I had recently were from. They were not the big, less wrinkly kind. But they were both delicious. I'm on the east coast, if that makes any difference.

    1. I know exactly what you're talking about. Years ago when Florida started marketing their avocados they were big and pale and watery and flavorless. I expect they've gotten better or would've gone out of business because they were really awful.
      The best avocados I ever ate were purchased in northern Mexico. They were perfectly ripened little black-skinned ones and so richly flavored they almost had a bacon flavor to them. We all agreed that they were the best any of us had ever tasted. There is a variety of avocado called bacon, not sure if it's why it was so named or if the horticultural mastermind that developed the variety was named Bacon.
      I'm being pessimistic here, I'm sure, but if avocados come from as far away as Chile they probably had to be picked pretty green, that may have had something to do with it.

      In other words, you do have to be careful what av ocados you buy, but I don't know all the secrets, I hope somebody here does. I know that you're usually fairly safe with Hasses, if they aren't too green.

      1. I re read my post and just wanted to clarify that the avocados I'm buying look just like the hass ones I was buying this summer, relatively small and with wrinkly skin. They just taste awful now that they're coming from Chile!

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        1. re: Rick

          I have had the Chilean ones, too. I was tricked by not paying attention to the label and saw them and thought they were my regular Mexican avocados, small and dark. They were cheap, too. But when I cut them open, they had neither the creaminess nor the flavor that I was expecting. Very disappointing.

          1. re: luckyfatima

            At least yours were cheap, mine were priced exactly the same, $1.69 each!!

          2. re: Rick

            I just had the last of my bag of 5 (from Chile) today. I let them ripen on the counter until the skins were nice and dark, but every one of them seemed unripe, tough in parts, watery, and had no flavour. Argh!

          3. Went through several weeks of the same problem with Hass bought at Costco. One bag had black lines throughout the 'meat', the other was clean but tasteless. I then passed for a couple of weeks because the avocados all seemed pretty yellow-ish. Most recent bag seems to be better. I must trust Costco enough to not bother looking at where they're from. Need to remember that for the future.

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            1. re: Midlife

              The best tasting Avocados ever... Came from San Diego County, Something about picking them straight off of the tree made them so tasty. Refridgerate them, slice them up, put some Best Foods Mayo and freshly squeezed lemon juice on them. Living in Southern California all of my life up until 3 years ago, most of the Avocados I've had were grown in San Diego County. Since I moved to the Arizona desert, I've been disappoiinted and both the flavor and size of Avocados I find in stores around here.

              To the people in San Diego County, are the Avocados grown there still as good as the ones a few years ago? Is SD County still the Avocado capitol of the nation or have they disappeared like the Citrus groves of neighboring Orange County, California?

              1. re: Buckeye_Local

                Grew up in Fallbrook (northern San Diego county), according to the town, the avocado capital of the world.

                1. re: Buckeye_Local

                  I live 40 minutes from Fallbrook but have no idea if Fallbrook avocados are available here in South OC. Driving through that area, as we do a few times a year, I've never come across an avocado stand. Are there such things in the area?

              2. Weird as here in CA I seem to have the opposite problem. The Mexico avocadoes taste like water and the Chilean are buttery. I'm returning the lastest batch to Sprouts.

                1. Eating Avos for 27 years. Hass avos are turn black when ripening Rating the hass as follows. Usually Mexican or chilean will be watery or sweet. Californian Avos have that nice nutty,buttery flavor as it should. The reason is simple; California has an Avocado Commission most strictly for the consumer. During harvest usually the beginning Selected Avos from respected Packing plants , variety of sizes from 84,70,48.36 etc must be tested for oil content. If they dont pass these test The Avocados in California cant be shipped or sold. The correct oil content will make the Avocados taste nutty and buttery. Mexico,Chilean doesnt follow these laws which is unfair to the US California growers ,packers. There are many varieties of Avocados, Hass is the Limousine of Avocados. Fuerte is a good avocado with nice taste when Hass is not in season. Reeds are another good tasting Avo only harvested in the summer time. Gwens,bacons,pinkertons are also good tasting. Anything else like the Zutanos, etc are very watery not great taste. The Florida Avocados I've tasted were much like the Californian Zutanos, these Avocados are great for adding sugar or making Icecream. Chilean Hass , mexican Hass Avocados are hit and miss , 10% nice 90% terrible. What it boils down too is to buy US Californian Avocados ONLY

                  1. I live in California and all the ones at the store have been duds. I usually buy them at the farmers market. My family lives back east and I've used this company several times to send them avocados. They are always packed well and my family says ey are delicious. I've bought avocados from their far stand as well.

                    The prices weren't bad in my opinion compared to what my mom was paying for subpar ones back east. I really like the Bacon variety if they are still available

                    http://www.socalavocados.com/

                    1. Yes, Costco avocados are really bad, they don't ripe, just rot by turning black and moldy. I tried 3 times, but the result was the same, garbage!

                      1. This Chowhound thread has been active for a few years talking about this issue:
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/763931

                        The Peruvian avocados are particularly bad, IMO. They ripen unevenly and no matter what, always seem to have a hard chunk inside of them. If I am lucky they won't have brown streaks running throughout. Fibrous bits are another problem. Unfortunately, that tends to be all I can find as of late. I'm in southern New England, so I don't exactly live on the avocado's home turf, however they never used to be this bad!