A giant variety of avocado, dubbed the Avozilla, has recently hit retail shelves in Australia – causing much interest among consumers and horticulturalists alike.
The Avozilla weighs an average of 1.2kg – some grow as big as 1.8kg – and is about four times the size of a regular avocado.
The variety is being grown in Central Queensland by the Groves family, who are known for their talents in growing tropical and exotic fruits, and are the first to bring the variety to Australia.
The variety originated in South Africa, and growers cannot plant it without gaining permission and paying royalties to a South African company that owns the rights.
So far the variety has been sent to grocers in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. The Groves family has told media the fruit have had to be hand-packed into deeper boxes – and growing them comes with challenges.
Production per hectare is much lower than other varieties and Avozillas do not fare as well on trees.
Being so heavy they can tend to swing in wind and get marked by touching other branches. And they can fall off soft – meaning some fruit can be lost before it enters the market.
The Groves also maintain the large variety tastes similar to regular-sized varieties.