New varieties could extend Florida's avocado season

08/06/2013 10:30:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

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.

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Richard Lyons    
Miami  |  August, 07, 2013 at 04:55 PM

What about the beetle? If a cure isn't found, it won't matter , they will all be dead.

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