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Mini-Avocado? What exactly is it?

cresyd Mar 15, 2013 04:00 AM

Shopping today I saw "mini avocados" advertised for the first time. They were definitely avocados but more in the size of a date than a normal avocado.

Is there anything of interest with a mini avocado? Is it just a genetically modified curiosity? Is there any worth in trying them?

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    tardigrade Mar 15, 2013 06:56 PM

    There are a lot of different avocado cultivars: I've seen huge round smooth-skinned ones in Hawai'i, and small, round, thin-skinned Mexicolas that you eat whole, skin and all. Back before Haas became such a big crop in California, just about the only ones you'd see back East were Fuertes. "Bacon" is one of the smaller cultivars: I've never seen it available commercially, though.

    All the cultivars are genetically modified, but it's done the old-fashioned way, but chancing upon a mutation with a desireable quaility and encouraging it.

    1. HillJ Mar 15, 2013 09:50 AM

      Mini Fingerling Avocado, no pit, very creamy.


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        wyogal Mar 15, 2013 08:12 AM


        This site explains it: http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/commun...
        Unpollinated fruits of the Fuerte variety

        1. hotoynoodle Mar 15, 2013 07:09 AM

          all modern agricultural crops have been genetically-modified in some way. for flavor, yield, better suitability for different climates, greater sturdiness for shipping, size, etc. man has been making veggie and grain hybrids since he started farming. that doesn't make them the same as the monsanto-monster food that is now round-up ready or sterile.

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            sr44 Mar 15, 2013 05:05 AM

            Is it a seedless avocado? They had a brief vogue in the 70s.

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              cresyd Mar 15, 2013 08:05 AM

              No clue if it has a seed or not. Just that they were quite small. They're being sold at a place where items in general are rather pricey and they were being sold in a container - so it wasn't possible to try one. So I just left with a question.

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              Maximilien Mar 15, 2013 04:39 AM

              maybe just another variety just like the Hass or the Fuerte ?

              It can be fun to use as a finger food container :
              (for example)
              Prepare a shrimp and avocado salad and in empty half shell, put some of the salad and people can eat them out of the shell.


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