Pop culture’s recent obsession with avocados might make you think they’re relatively new to the culinary world, but the superfood has actually been around for quite some time. And thank goodness it has! Heart-healthy and loaded with nutrients, they are an excellent addition to toast, salads and smoothies.
Basically, the only thing that could make an avocado better is if it were bigger, smoother, or more easily spreadable.
But, hang on. Agriculture heard our wails and has acted benevolently. Giant avocados – called “avozillas” – actually do exist. According to The Guardian Australia, a farm in Queensland is cultivating enormous avocados “as big as your head.” They are, in fact, about four times larger than a normal avocado.
A company in South Africa owns the rights to the variety, which was produced via cross-breeding. Anyone interested in growing their own avozillas must pay to obtain permission and then pay royalties. Currently one farmer in Australia has the lock on a few hundred trees, so the giant fruit (it’s a fruit) is available in a few cities there. They have also exported them to England.
What’s keeping the avozilla from taking over? Ian Groves, the first to have grown them on his Australian farm, believes they may be too niche.
He also told The Guardian, “There is a nursery we buy different trees off, and when we were planting a bunch of avocados 10 years ago, they gave us one as a trial. And after about four or five years, we tried a few of the fruit and thought we’d give them a go. So we planted a small block of about just under 400 trees. They’re coming up to about four years and this is their first production.”
Clearly it takes some forethought to get from idea to table.
Avozillas may not be available everywhere guac fans are, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from falling head over pit for them.
The avozilla’s majesty is inspiring.
And brunch is served.
So, how about it, California and Mexico? Let’s have some avozillas!