The avocado, one of the world's most popular and demanded fruits, has an XXL version whose weight can exceed 1 kilo and which was brilliantly named Avozilla; a play on words between avocado and Godzilla, the famous Japanese giant monster.
The Avozilla is a cross of different varieties (the Guatemalan, tastier, and the Antillean, larger) that has been grown in South Africa for years and was later brought to Australia. It is a variant that weights around three quarters of a kilo, has an intense green color, a fairly strong skin and an excellent texture and creaminess. Its price is higher than that of other varieties: 35 Euro for a 4.5 kilo box, compared to the 25 of the Hass.
The South African company Westfalia Fruits registered the Avozilla trademark; however, despite it being one of the largest avocado producers and, as explained on its website, it has ripening plants in various areas of Europe and the United States, the Avozilla is curiously not in the list of varieties that they cultivate, or among their own and registered species, such as the GEM or Carmen Hass.
Also in Granada
In Spain, the Avozilla is a true rarity at greengrocers, although it can be found and, in fact, it is also grown on the Andalusian tropical coast.
Manolo Mateos is one of the Granada-based fruit growers that produce this variety. "For me, it is a huge avocado that was being forgotten and which I was going to cut down to graft another variety, and one day, one of them fell on me like Newton's apple and I thought: what a huge avocado!", he says.
In Almuñécar, in the Spanish province of Granada, he grows a wide range of tropical fruits, although avocados, which are marketed through his website Tiendadefruta.com, are undoubtedly the flagship product. The range includes this giant variety which, due to legal reasons, given the patent on the name, could not be called Avozilla.
“The crop does not require special treatments. Each adult plant consumes 80-90 liters of water per day and needs a standard fertilizer dose. There's only one problem, which is that since the flowering happens very early and the plant is not in its natural habitat, if the temperature drops a little more than normal, the ripening process can be hurdled,” says Mateos.