(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 was selected within the University of California avocado breeding program and named in honor of Gray E. Martin, who worked in the program for many years.

The avocado is slightly larger and rounder than Hass on average, and with a slightly larger and pointier seed. The skin of GEM is a bit thicker than Hass, and it has a shimmering speckle to it when unripe. As the fruit ripens, it turns black.

GEM avocados, from unripe to ripe.

The texture and flavor of GEM are world class. It is one of my favorite eating avocados, with a meaty texture and a nutty flavor, and it reaches this level each year in Southern California around mid April through May, and even into June.

I set aside space in my yard to grow more than one tree of only a handful of avocado varieties, and GEM is one of them (although it’s not so hard to set aside space for an extra GEM tree since it is compact for an avocado).

I’ll pack as many GEMs as I can into a box for you — that will likely be 8-10 avocados, depending on their size.

I’ll ship the boxes on Monday, May 16 so your avocados will get to you by the end of that week.

Here’s the order page with details.

To learn more about the GEM avocado and tree, see my post, “The GEM avocado tree: a profile.”

GEM avocados can also be found at a few grocery stores in California, including Gelson’s. And Eli’s Farm Stand in Fallbrook is currently selling them.

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