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Avocado Varieties

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.

Learn more about each variety

  • Bacon

    Bacon

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

    Oval Shape

    Smooth Skin

    Medium/Large Seed

    6 - 12 Ounces

  • Fuerte

    Fuerte

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

    Pear Shape

    Smooth Skin

    Medium Seed

    5 - 14 Ounces

  • Gwen

    Gwen

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

    Plump Oval

    Pebbly Skin

    Small/Medium Seed

    6 - 15 Ounces

  • Hass

    Hass

    Distinctive for skin that turns from green to purplish-black when ripe, the Hass is the leading variety of California Avocado.

    Oval Shape

    Pebbly Skin

    Small/Medium Seed

    5 - 12 Ounces

  • Lamb Hass

    Lamb Hass

    This variety is similar in appearance and taste to the Hass but a large robust size - the California summer sun variety.

    Oval Shape

    Pebbly Skin

    Medium Seed

    11.75 - 18.75 Ounces

  • Pinkerton

    Pinkerton

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

    Long Pear Shape

    Slight Pebbling

    Small Seed

    8 - 18 Ounces

  • Reed

    Reed

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

    Round Shape

    Slight Pebbling

    Medium Seed

    8 - 18 Ounces

  • Zutano

    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.

    Pear Shape

    Shiny Skin

    Medium Seed

    6 - 14 Ounces

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