In 1916, not long after graduating from Pasadena High School, Wilson Popenoe headed south to explore the highlands of Guatemala on horseback for avocados to bring back to growers in California.
He rode over three thousand miles, he tasted a thousand different avocados, and he ultimately selected two dozen varieties.
Number 17 he gave the name Nimlioh, as it meant “large avocado” in the local Kekchi language.
Here is my profile of the Nimlioh fruit:
Where can you buy Nimlioh avocados? Very few trees remain in California, and I don’t know anyone who sells the fruit of Nimlioh, but next season (summer 2024) I’ll try to make some available for those who want to try the variety.
Read more about Wilson Popenoe’s exploration for avocados in Guatemala here.
See more profiles of avocado varieties here.
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