Woolworths decided to provide some information about its avocados after a customer probed the supermarket for answers. A curious consumer took to Twitter on the weekend, requesting the retailer explain how long it takes for avocados to appear in stores after being picked.
In its comprehensive response, the supermarket revealed how many days avocados are in storage or transit before being put on display.
"While we can only give rough estimates, the best case scenario for avocados being delivered from farm to shelf is around seven days," an employee explained. The time frame allowed for "transport from the growing region to the desired market" as well as three to four days of additional ripening, which changed depending on what season it was, they said. "As avocados don't ripen on the tree, fruit picked green can last up to a month before being ripened and consumed with no discernible difference to its consumption," the employee added.
Domestic avocados make it to shelves by a maximum of 14 days after being picked, while a maximum of 28 days is the allowance for imported avocados.