With the rise in popularity of everything avocado over the last decade, nothing gets the public more excited than an avocado as big as a large zucchini; such an idea seems like it could only be the stuff of dreams – until you meet the farmers of Purdue University Crop.
Turns out a 13-inch, “long-neck” avocado is very real, and they’re being grown in Florida! In fact, they’ve been around for quite some time already. So, what’s the deal with these gigantic avocados? Could they possibly taste as good as the smaller Hass ones we’re so used to?
The good news is that these avocados, called “Persea Americana Russel” are just as tasty as Hass avocados are. Miami Fruit co-founder Edelle Schlegel told NBC’s Today Show, "Our long-neck avocados are thick, creamy, savory, and slightly sweet."
The bad news, however, is that they ripen just as quickly! "Our 'long-neck' avocados do ripen quickly, just like the regular avocados that you would find in a grocery store," a spokesperson for the company said. He also shared with INSIDER that a chef discovered that just one of these avocados can make 12 slices of avocado toast!
Originating in the small village of Islamorada in the Florida Keys, the long-neck avocado is typically harvested throughout August and September in southern parts of Florida. It can weigh anywhere between 24 to 40 ounces – typical avocados are usually around 6 ounces – and grow to about 13 inches long.
While the brand is currently sold out of their long-neck avocados for the season, you can already pre-order some for next year. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try growing them yourself!
Trees are available for purchase, and Purdue has said that these avocado trees are excellent additions to home gardens since it’s highly likely you’ll reap a good number of avocados each year. However, they’re meant to grow in warm, humid climates like Florida, so if your home is somewhere like Colorado, you’ll just have to pre-order for next season now!