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Best Tasting Avocados?

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Brendan starts with ...
Just wanting to know what other people think is the 'best tasting avocado'?
IMHO, the Shepard leaves the Hass for dead for taste, texture, size, and it doesn't go black in the fridge when cut. I've had Hass that were very stringy & dry. The Shepard, if 'properly' ripe, has superior taste / flavour and never dry. NB. Must be ripe :-)
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paula says...
I love the taste of the Reed. Very creamy and a really good size fruit.
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SlickMick says...
The Reed is top of the list. I struck a seed this year and will work a graft onto my Hass :)
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Jantina says...
Hi SlickMick, does Reed come true from seed?
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SlickMick says...
Hi Jantina,
I have no idea if it does, however I am going to give it a burl and see what it does. I have no idea how long it will take to fruit coming from a seedling onto an established plant but the experiment is worth a try. I am also growing seedling R2E2 mangoes which do come true to type off the seed to rework some of the top of my Kensington Pride tree. Anything is worth a go in my book.
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Jantina says...
Too true SlickMick I await the results with interest.
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Brendan says...
The Reed seed won't give you a Reed avocado tree. Usually, you get a unknown varity of avocado, which has a larger seed than what was planted. Nothing wrong with that, only that it takes from 7 to 10 years before it will bear. Grafted trees are faster to bear, usually 3 to 4 years. Yes, the Reed has great flavour & is better than Hass, but I do like the Sheppard better.
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SaraPowter1 says...
the reed is like the "choquette" avocado, in shape, in the photo and for me is the king of all avocados. It is rich & creamy and leaves all the other for dead! I planted one from seen about 15 years ago and am still waiting for it's first towers! I've never seen one for sale as I would have bought it! I first came across then in Cairns and bought a bucket of them for $1. Best buy ever! As a backpacker was one of the best buys ever too! lasted for two weeks! just cut and eat with cracked black pepper!
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Jason says...
Reed is easily the best tasting Avocado, as decided by me and 99% of every other Avocado fans in the world :). Just very good luck it also happens to be very good cropping and a strong tree as well.

It also seems to ripen with less of the compounds that gave give you digestion problems with Avocados.

Things change slighty with climate too. The Mexican type Avocados are not oily in warm climates but very similar or even better than Hass when grown in an appropriately cold place.
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Mike Tr says...
What is the best avocado is a bit like asking what is the best religion.Each variety will do differently in a partly environment and perform better in its favoured climate. This goes for mandarins as well and no doubt many fruit.
You can generalise and say Guatemalans taste better and those with highest oil content and a nutty quality are better.
My reed and shepard had the best flesh and were about equal, way better than wurtz and hazard I had and better than hass from the Atherton tablelands.
I have has Hass from NSW that are great,good sharwil and 2 or 3 others I thought were great.I reckon the best ones are almost on par with big differences in fruit quality between them when they are grown in the right conditions.
When you look at the next round of qualities like productivity, grit, blackening when cut and tree vigour/longevity differences are more pronounced.It might be easier to rule out the poorer types that often have watery or flavourless fruit are prone to disease,unproductive or unhealthy and see what is left over.
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sternus1 says...
Avocados are one of those things that need a perfect season/ conditions to produce high quality fruit. So many things can ruin them. One in 5 avocados are a good fruit imo, the rest are either ok or awful.

The only thing worse than avocado for the ratio of good to bad fruit are Apricots:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcod3IWG1HM
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MaryT says...
Rarely have I struck a watery/fibrous avocado; I must be lucky 'cause I know they do exist. Bought some small ones at $.50 each at Paddys yesterday. Yum
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Julie says...
Mary, there used to be a variety called Locarti bred in WA. Haven't seen it for years. Large, round and watery/tasteless. Possibly not around any more because of those qualities?

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MaryT says...
Julie, why anyone would breed a variety that is tasteless and watery will remain a puzzle. Locarti? I'll remember never to buy it. Trouble is most of the time you can't get an answer as to the variety of the avocado from the vendors.
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Julie says...
Mary, I haven't seen it for years, but it was a different shape to most avos - round instead of pear-shaped.
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