California is close to Having an Avocado Crop Year-Round
Americans seem to love avocados and this is supported by the fact that over 2 billion pounds of avocados were consumed last year. President Trump’s displeasure with NAFTA means that American’s might be at risk of having an avocado shortage because two-thirds of the avocados sold in the United States are imported from Mexico. Mexico’s climate allows the nation to grow avocados year-round, which is not possible in California. Luckily, researchers in California have been hard at work trying to figure out how to grow avocados in California year-round. Mary Lu Arpaia, a researcher that has been working for over 20 years to create an avocado that will grow in California year-round, states:
There’s a void of California fruit on the market in the months of November, December and early January. So if we can find different selections that maybe are unique that fit into that window, then we help the entire California avocado industry.
Most of the avocados that are grown in California are grown in the southern part of the state and on a narrow strip along the coast, but researchers want to expand avocado farming to the Central Valley. About 95 percent of the avocados grown in the United States are a variety called Hass, but researchers are looking to breed a variety of avocados that are not that tall, that do not need that much space to grow, and that can produce high yields.
It is definitely going take some time to breed the proper variety of avocado that will meet the demands of Americans and when it is finally created, it should be good news for both Central Valley farmers and avocado consumers.
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