Although the avocado campaign in the province of Malaga usually begins in October and comes to a close in May, there are later varieties with huge market potential. This is the case of the Reed, a greenskin variety of Californian origin with a rounded shape, which blooms later than the Hass (the most common variety in the province). This results in the flowering taking place with better temperatures for the pollinating insects and the fruit setting.
In Malaga, the Reed avocado is an excellent fruit between the months of June and September. The tree has a more upright bearing, which makes it possible for it to be planted with a higher density of trees per hectare than the Hass. It also has a greater resistance to the Persea mite. For some experts, this variety is one that can contribute to extending the avocado campaign in Spain and ensure that it can be produced year-round.
Another variety that is starting to gain ground in Spain is the Lamb Hass, whose fruit is similar to the Hass, with a medium-sized seed and a larger caliber. Like the Hass, the fruit blackens outwardly when ripe and its skin is very similar. Its ripening, however, takes place later (May-June in our cultivation conditions). The productivity of this variety is higher. Valencian producers have decidedly opted for this variety.
Another variety that is sparking the interest of Malaga's producers is the GEM. This variety has all the characteristics of Hass avocados: creamy, with an almond-like pulp and a dark pebbly peel when ripe. It is a rounder fruit, with an attractive appearance, and also easy to peel. It can be used for high density plantations.
The same goes for the Carmen Hass, which is a type of Hass with greater productivity, precocity and flavor; and the Maluma, a South African avocado variety that has a soft pulp and a very good flavor.