Now in season! Learn what makes our avocados so special & where to find them.

Avocado Varieties, Learn about the different types of avocados

California Hass Avocados come from a good place
Southern California Hass Avocado groves produce natural and delicious avocados. The soil is ideal; there is proper drainage, abundant sunshine and cool ocean breezes all year round.

These exceptional conditions supply us with an abundance of mouthwatering, velvety, creamy avocados. Thank goodness!

There are hundreds of types of avocados, but seven avocado varieties are grown commercially in California. The Hass variety accounts for approximately 95 percent of the total crop each year – which runs from Spring to Fall.

Many varieties are available as certified organic fruit.


Click here to find out where you can find these or other avocado varieties are at your local farmer’s markets. Just add your location and click “search.” Keep in mind variety and availability will depend on the season.


Hass Avocado Ripeness indicators:

  • Generally, the pebbly skin on a California Hass Avocado darkens a bit as it ripens (see our cards below for exceptions) and begins to yield to gentle pressure when squeezed gently in the palm of your hand
  • Note: Color alone is not always the best indicator of ripeness! Learn how to choose and use
  • The perfect avocado texture is silky smooth and the flavor is rich and nutty

Try all the different kinds as a complement or featured ingredient in all your favorite recipes.


Bacon

A green-skinned variety of good quality, the Bacon is a medium-sized fruit available late fall into spring.

Known For:

  • Oval-shape
  • Medium to large seed
  • Easy peeling
  • Light taste

Size:

  • Medium, ranging from 6 to 12 oz

Appearance:

  • Smooth, thin green skin
  • Yellow-green flesh

You know it's ripe when:

  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure
  • Skin remains green, may darken slightly

Fuerte

Harvested late fall through spring, the Fuerte is the original high quality California Avocado.

Known For:

  • Pear-shape
  • Medium seed
  • Peels easily
  • Great taste

Size:

  • Medium to large fruit, ranging from 5 to 14 oz

Appearance:

  • Smooth, thin green skin
  • Creamy, pale green flesh

You know it's ripe when:

  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure
  • Skin remains green

Gwen

Gwen is similar in appearance, taste and texture to Hass, but slightly larger.

Known For:

  • Plump oval fruit
  • Small to medium seed
  • Easy peeling
  • Great taste

Size:

  • Medium to large, ranging from 6 to 15 oz

Appearance:

  • Pebbly, thick but pliable green skin
  • Creamy, gold-green flesh

You know it's ripe when:

  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure
  • Green skin turns dull

Hass

Distinctive for skin that turns from green to purplish-black when ripe, the Hass is the leading variety of California Avocado and has an excellent shelf life.

Known For:

  • Oval-shape
  • Small to medium seed
  • Easy peeling
  • Great taste

Size:

  • Full range from average to large, 5 to 12 oz

Appearance:

  • Pebbly, thick but
    pliable skin
  • Pale green flesh with creamy texture

You know it's ripe when:

  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure
  • Skin may darken slightly

Lamb Hass

This variety has exceptional flavor and a large robust size—the California summer sun variety.

Known For:

  • Pebbly skin with pale
    green flesh
  • Smooth, creamy, nutty taste
  • Large in size
  • Symmetrical in shape;
    displays exceptionally well

Size:

  • Ranges in size from 11.75 oz to 18.75 oz

Appearance:

  • Similar appearance
    to a Hass avocado
  • Oval shape
  • Medium-size seed

You know it's ripe when:

  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure
  • Skin may darken slightly

Pinkerton

Pinkerton avocados have small seeds, yield more fruit per tree and are available in a full range of sizes early winter through spring.

Known For:

  • Long, pear-shape
  • Small seed
  • Excellent peeling characteristics
  • Great taste

Size:

  • Large fruit, ranging from 8 to 18 oz

Appearance:

  • Medium thick green skin with slight pebbling
  • Creamy, pale green flesh

You know it's ripe when:

  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure
  • Green skin deepens in color

Reed

A large, round fruit available in the summer months and early fall.

Known For:

  • Round shape
  • Medium seed
  • Easy peeling
  • Good taste

Size:

  • Medium to large, ranging from 8 to 18 oz

Appearance:

  • Thick green skin with
    slight pebbling
  • Creamy flesh

You know it's ripe when:

  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure
  • Skin remains green

Zutano

Easily recognized by its shiny, yellow-green skin, the Zutano is one of the “season opener” varieties harvested when the season begins in September and is available through early winter.

Known For:

  • Pear-shape
  • Moderately easy to peel
  • Light taste

Size:

  • Average to large fruit, ranging from 6 to 14 oz

Appearance:

  • Shiny, thin yellow-green
    skin
  • Pale green flesh with light texture

You know it's ripe when:

  • Fruit yields to gentle pressure
  • Skin retains color