Hevia says such varieties must be economical and benefit growers as well as shippers.
Redder is better
The red Hardy is a strong performer for Fresh King Inc.
The variety, which turns into a reddish color when ready to eat, hits production in late June, says Alvaro Perpuly, general manager and partner.
"It's coming to be really good acceptance at retail because it's color is really attractive," Perpuly says. "It turns a little purple on the side. It has good taste in an avocado, and people like it. It's getting a lot of good comments from people on the retail side."
Though it harvests from about 30 varieties, Fresh King gleans most of its production from two varieties, the Simmonds and the Donnies, Perpuly says.