Avocado Tree – Gallon
The horicultural cultivar, winter sharwil traveled from Australia to Hawaii in 1966. A medium-sized fruit with rough green skin (even when ripe), it closely resembles the ‘Fuerte’ cultivar, but has a slightly more oval shape. The fruit has greenish-yellow flesh with a rich, nutty flavor, high oil content, and a small seed. Sharwils represent more than 57% of commercial farming in Hawaii. It is a regular and moderate bearer with excellent quality fruit, but is sensitive to frost. Disease and pest resistance are superior to the ‘Fuerte’.
The fruit of horticultural cultivars has a markedly higher fat content than most other fruit, mostly monounsaturated fat, and as such serves as an important staple in the diet of consumers who have limited access to other fatty foods (high-fat meats and fish, dairy products). A ripe avocado yields to gentle pressure when held in the palm of the hand and squeezed. The flesh quickly turns brown after exposure to air, so citris juices can be added to slow this process once peeled.
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