On our recent trip to the big island
of Hawaii, we were able to enjoy the plentiful fruits of the island that were
literally ripe for the picking—or in many cases already dropped from the trees!
We enjoyed bananas, papaya, oranges, lemons, and passion fruit. But the biggest
surprise were the avocados. Not just any avocados, but Sharwil avocados.
Sharwil avocados are medium-sized, with a narrow pear shape. They weigh between 8 and 20 oz. They have rough green skin, which stays green and does not turn black as it ripens. Their smooth, creamy flesh houses one of the smallest seeds of any avocado, which means there’s an ample amount of flesh inside each fruit. It also has a high oil content that gives it its deliciously rich, nutty flavor.
Sharwil avocado trees are smaller than
other cultivars, but they are consistent bearers, offering a long and heavy
yielding season. Avocado fruit matures but does not ripen on the tree, so
farmers can essentially store the fruit on the tree and control the yield of
their harvest. As the Sharwil avocados mature, natural oils and fats accrue, hence
avocados harvested toward the beginning of the season will be firmer, with a
texture comparable to cool butter, and harvests further into the season will
yield creamier and creamier fruit.