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Giant avacados

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Kath starts with ...
Whilst in Sabah recently I saw absolute monster avacados at the local markets. Does anyone know what type they would be & if they are available in W.A.? Thanks
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12th May 2009 9:57am
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paula-f says...
Hi Kath.
We have an older guy at one of our markets who sells all kinds of fruit trees,(mostly seedlings), and he had a fruit sitting on his bench a couple of weekends ago. I asked what it was, as it was the size of a large paw paw, but didn't have the same shape, and was still green. He said it was a "Pacific Giant" avocado which I had never heard of. I bought a seedling off him, so will have to wait years for it to fruit, if it ever does, but the size absolutely amazed me, so I was willing to give it a go.
I haven't been able to find out anything about it, either on the net or any of my books, so not sure how it would go down your way either.
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12th May 2009 12:35pm
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Julie says...
I don't know if it was the same one, but I saw a giant avocado when I was leaving a Chinese restaurant some time ago.

I asked the lady at reception about it, and she said it looked good, but was tasteless. We all agreed that big is not always better!

Did you taste this Kath, or only see it?
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Kath says...
I only saw it.
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Brendan says...
Hi Kath & Julie, there's a giant avocado that grows at Proserpine, north of Mackay, it's about the size of a rockmelon and has a large seed. Some locals call it 'Proserpine Purple', as it turns a purple colour when ripe. I have a seedling of this which has fruited a couple of times. I had to give it a savage pruning as it was ~12 metres high. Before I pruned it, we had a good crop of 'big' (not giant) avos. The flesh was ~ 25 to 30mm thick, and the taste was excellent. It hasn't fruited for a couple of years as it didn't like my pruning. I still have more pruning to do as it's still way too big.
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Justin says...
Saw a big variety at Tropical Fruit World in Tweed Heads. The variety there was "Linda". You can buy plants there, but not sure whether they have any of those ones for sale. You could give them a call (but not sure about the logistics and laws about getting them to Perth).
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Brendan says...
You're right Justin, the 'Linda' avocado can grow to 500 to 600g each. That's big. Haven't tasted one yet, but will in ~ 2 to 3 years time hopefully.
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