Our avocados are Hass, the most common commercial variety in New Zealand – and for good reason. Hass avocados have a lovely, silky, creamy texture and are perfect for guacamole, salads, on toast or simply eaten with a spoon. Green and hard when unripe, they slowly turn a dark green/black colour and soften when they are ready to eat.
All of the commercial Hass avocado trees around today descend from a single Californian tree. Grown from seed by Rudolph Hass in 1926, this lone tree was very nearly chopped down, as Mr Hass was frustrated at its slow growth and inability to produce fruit! Luckily for us, he had mercy on the seedling and many years later it was the first tree in the US to be patented.