I've just picked up 8 avocadoes from under our tree. That brings the total I have in the kitchen to 27! This is what Ooooby is all about.
Our tree is a Hass avocado. I bought it as a grafted tree and it is now 8 years old.
In the spring of 2008 it set its biggest crop so far. There were more than 200 avocadoes on the tree.

Hass avocado trees flower in Spring and the fruit is ready to start eating about 15 months later.
They stay on the tree for nearly two years altogether, and then they all start to drop off, to make way for the next crop.
The taste of homegrown tree- ripened avocadoes is far superior to anything you can buy from a supermarket.
We haven't had to buy avocadoes for over a year and now I am giving them away.

I have read that I can mash the flesh, with lemon or lime juice and freeze it for making guacamole, sandwiches, and in recipes that call for mashed avocado. I think we will try that because our avocado had a rest after the 2007 effort.
We will only have one new avocado ripening this summer.
Hopefully the 2009 crop will be a boomer.
I've been told the trees tend to crop heavily in alternate years.
If you have enough space and the right climate, I thoroughly recommend having an avocado tree. They're easycare, look attractive year round, and if you love avocadoes, as we do, what could be better than having your very own source of gourmet fruit?

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Comment by Kali on December 10, 2009 at 11:37pm
I'm so envious, my husband has nurtures a forlorn looking seedling tree in our garden for years now and it only has a few leaves on it after the frost gets it in winter, saw trees for sale in the local mitre10, I think thats probably a little optimistic for our climate!
Comment by Pete Russell on August 7, 2009 at 1:33am
What a bonanza harvest!! Nice one Hester.
Comment by Nikki Dillon on August 6, 2009 at 9:20pm
Hi Hester. We have an avocado tree that is taller than our house - no idea how old it is but when we bought the house 8 years ago it was around 3 metres tall. We don't know what type it is as it has no obvious fruiting pattern. Most years it has fruited between November and Feb, but one year ?2006 we had a HUGE crop in August (bags and bags full) then another crop later that summer. The last 2 years we have had next to nothing. It has flowers on now, but they look frost-bitten - and it is losing it's leaves already which it doesn't usually do until around Sept/Oct. I don't know whether it's got out-of-sync with the seasons, or our winters have got colder, or does it just need a good prune? Any ideas?

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