How avocado trees flower

How avocado trees flower

Bloom season is the most exciting for me when it comes to avocados. First, I look at the buds on the branches of trees to try to predict how many will become flowers. Then I observe the bees and flies visiting the flowers. Are there enough? Are the flowers getting...
Hass and Gwen and GEM avocados for sale

Hass and Gwen and GEM avocados for sale

(These are sold out, but Eli’s Farm Stand in Fallbrook has GEM avocados for sale right now.) I’m calling this the “Family Box” because Hass, Gwen, and GEM avocados are all related. And because all three have similar harvest seasons, I can pick...
The GEM avocado tree: a profile

The GEM avocado tree: a profile

“I believe that 15 years from now we’ll be standing here and we’ll be talking GEM. We won’t be talking Hass. People will go, ‘What is Hass?’” said Mary Lu Arpaia to a room of California avocado growers in 2017. Arpaia knows avocado varieties. She has been the director...
Gwen avocados for sale

Gwen avocados for sale

Bob Bergh directed the avocado breeding program at the University of California for four decades. He planted tens of thousands of avocado seeds. But he chose one to name after his wife: Gwen. I know more than one person who has eaten many avocado varieties and calls...
GEM avocados for sale

GEM avocados for sale

(Sorry, these are now sold out.) I’m offering a second round of GEM avocados from Balmar Farm in Fallbrook, San Diego County. Here is the order page with details. GEM avocado trees at Balmar Farm in Fallbrook, California. GEM is a cream-of-the-crop avocado that...
Carmen and Sir-Prize avocados for sale

Carmen and Sir-Prize avocados for sale

How about a mixed box? I’ll put five to seven Carmen avocados together with two Sir-Prize avocados for you. (Order page is here.) Carmen Carmen is a variety that kind of originated in Mexico. I say “kind of” because Carmen is really just Hass with a slightly different...
Avocados for sale

Avocados for sale

I always wished there were a way to taste the fruit of an avocado variety before deciding whether to plant that kind of tree in my yard. I also wished there were more places to buy avocados of varieties other than Hass. I know that some of you also have these wishes;...
Pinkerton avocado tree: a profile

Pinkerton avocado tree: a profile

No less an authority on avocado varieties than Oliver Atkins wrote in 1978 that Pinkerton “appears to be the best variety we have come up with for California since the Hass.” Why then, over the ensuing 44 years, have most of us in California never eaten a Pinkerton...

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