The Hass is distinguished by its rich, buttery flavor, a pebbly exterior and a thick, leathery skin that turns black when ripe. The fruit’s relatively small seed means it delivers a large percentage of flesh that makes it easier to peel and scoop.
REGIONS: California, Mexico, Chile, Peru
AVAILABILITY: All Year
A product of the University of California’s avocado breeding program during the mid-‘90s, Lamb Hass is popular due to its large size and high yield. Similar to Hass, Lamb Hass is an excellent tasting avocado that features a thick, pebbly skin that turns black when ripe.
AVAILABILITY: United States, June through October
GEM avocados are very similar to Hass. They have a creamy, nutty flesh, medium sized seed and their gold speckled skin turns black when ripe.
AVAILABILITY: United States, April - June
A large, round fruit known for its flavor, it is available in the summer months and early fall. Reeds are round in shape, medium seed and easy peeling skin that remains green when ripe.
AVAILABILITY: United States, June through August
The California Bacon avocado was originally cultivated in 1954 by James Bacon (hence the name) in Buena Park, CA, and is now local to Ventura County, CA.
Bacon avocados are oval-shaped and have smooth, thin skin that is dark green in color with faint speckles throughout. Their flesh is pale yellow green, with high oil content, like the Hass avocados, and equally as delicious, with a buttery and creamy texture.
AVAILABILITY: United States, mid-winter to early spring.