It’s five times the size of your regular avocado, weighing in at as much as 1.8 kilograms, and is said to be just as delicious as its teeny-tiny counterparts.
Ladies and gentlemen of Australia, we present: Avozilla.
The avocado variety, which originated in South Africa, is actually known as ‘Post Office’. But seeing as that’s about as interesting as, well, a post office, it’s received the new, far more fitting moniker.
“There is a nursery we buy different trees off and when we were planting a bunch of avocados ten years ago they gave us one as a trial,” farmer Ian Groves told Guardian Australia.
“And after about four or five years, we tried a few of the fruit and thought we’d give them a go. So we planted a small block of about just under 400 trees. They’re coming up to about four years and this is their first production.”
As for when we can expect the monster fruit to flood our supermarkets and cafe scene – who doesn’t want to read ‘smashed Avozilla’ on their breakfast menu? – it seems that could be quite a way off.
The Groves family are well ahead of the market, which is tightly controlled by the South African company that owns the rights to this particular avocado. This means the company decides who is allowed to grow it and receives royalties from the farms they license it to.
“A friend of ours is planting 2000 trees in Bundaberg probably this year,” Groves said.
“So we’re four years ahead of him. But I don’t know if growers will jump on board, they are such niche market.”
As for the flavour of the big beasts, Groves told the ABC they have the same buttery flavour of their smaller cousins.
“Often big fruit and big vegetables don’t taste as good as the smaller ones but in this case, they really do, they are a very good eating fruit,” he said.
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