All about Avocados for Avo Season
(22 May 2020)

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All about Avocados for Avo Season

It is avocado season in South Africa and the shelves are packed with beautifully plump green avocados. But have you ever wondered why some avos are a darker green than others? Do you know how to test whether an avo is ripe and ready to eat? And do you know how best to store avos to ensure they last longer? Anél Potgieter is here to tell you everything you need to know about this glorious fruit, the avocado pear!

Not all avos look the same. 
You get dark-skinned avos and green-skinned avos and and while their tastes differ slightly, they all pretty much have that trademark avocado melt-in-your-mouth texture and buttery flavour.
South Africans are really lucky to have avocados available almost all year round, thanks to our farmers growing both

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Green skinned avo varieties include Fuerte, Edranol, Ryan, Reed and Pinkerton. 
South Africa’s green-skinned avos are renowned for their subtle flavour and creamy melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Some varieties of green skinned avos have a thin waxy skin while others have a slightly thicker, rough skin
They are available from March until October.

Dark skinned varieties include Hass, Maluma Hass and Lamb Hass and.  
These Hass-type avos are known for their rich, nutty flavour.

Available from March until November. 
The Hass avocado is characterised by its thick, pebbly skin that is green before the fruit starts to ripen.Dark skinned avos darken as they ripen. A perfectly ripe Hass avo is usually a dark purple/black but may also be dark green.


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Avos don’t ripen on the tree, they only ripen once picked and they soften from the round end up towards the stalk.

If you’re buying loose avos, the first sign of ripeness can be seen at the fruit stalk. Touch it gently and it should fall off. If the stalk hole that is left behind has a soft greenish yellow colour,{Fruit stalke the fruit inside should be perfect. If there is any sign of blackness or discolouration under the stalk, the fruit could be bruised or over-ripe.

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