This Saturday, giant avocados -at least five times the size of the normal versions- are going on sale in Ireland. The super-sized fruit, which can grow to about the size of a human head, will go on sale at 70 branches of Tesco.
Stores will have a limited supply of the unusual fruit, which is a cross between two types of avocado, the West Indian and Guatemalan varieties. They will be on sale, while stocks last, for €4 each.
The ‘Avozillas’, which are cultivated naturally and are not genetically modified, were originally grown on just four trees in Limpopo in South Africa, but farmers in Queensland in Australia are now growing them commercially too. The largest specimen harvested in Australia weighed in at a whopping 1.8kg.
The notoriously tricky fruit – rock hard one moment and bruised and brown the next – carries a label saying it will ripen if stored out of the fridge, in four to five days. Tesco’s director of fresh food, John Brennan, told irishtimes.com that the ‘Avozillas’ arriving in Ireland are from the original four trees, and were grown in South Africa by one of the world’s biggest suppliers of avocados.