The Origins of Avocado
Avocado has a long and interesting history. Flourishing in Mexico and Central America since 291 BC, avocados have been discovered buried alongside mummies of Peru. The Aztecs called the fruit ‘ahuacati’, meaning testicles, in reference to the fruit’s appearance when hanging from a tree. After the Spanish conquistadors invaded Mexico and Peru in the 16th century, avocados were transported to Europe and eventually other parts of the world. Over time, the Aztec word ‘ahuacati’ has evolved into the word avocado.
Avocados in Australia
Avocados first arrived to Australia 1840 in seed form. These were planted in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and over the next 110 years, seeds and plants continued to be imported until the late 1960s when the Australian avocado industry began to take shape.
Today, fresh avocados are a premium produce available all year round, with the highest volume of fruit obtainable between March and November. A thriving industry, Australian grown avocados are produced over widespread and climatically diverse growing regions.
While Australia produces more than 70 varieties of the fruit, the most popular variety of avocado is the Hass, grown throughout Australia.
Avocado orchards are found in most areas of Australia, namely in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania. In Queensland, the main farming areas are the Atherton Tablelands, around Bundaberg, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast and Northern NSW.