How to pick the perfect avocado: an expert's guide
Avocados Australia CEO shares his top tips for buying the best avocados.
Aussies are obsessed with avocados. We eat them smashed, sliced, stuffed, baked, blended and cured. From sushi, smoothies and salads to ceviche, cheesecake and even chocolate mousse, no dish - sweet or savoury - is off limits for this versatile fruit.
So meteoric has been the humble avocado's rise to pantry stapledom that Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says production has doubled in Australia over the last 10 years.
“We have the highest consumption of avocado per capita in the English-speaking world,” he says. “We eat 3.8 kilograms per person, per year. That’s more than the US, UK and Europe.”
And it’s not just the smashed avo-obsessed cafe crowd behind the nation's increased appetite. "Most of the fruit that is produced is sold through conventional retailers," John says. “That means more people are buying more avocados more often.”
With Australia's national fruit as affordable and accessible as ever, we caught up with John to find out everything you need to know about the buttery green berry, including how to pick a good one, how to store and ripen them properly, and why Shepards aren’t the inferior variety.