Barham Avocados produces four delicious varieties of avocados: Bacon, Fuerte, Hass and Reed. As with all farming businesses, we are completely at the mercy of the seasons and the weather so dates of availability can change slightly each year. If you have any questions just get in touch.
The Bacon avocado is a medium-sized, oval shaped fruit harvested mid-winter. It is the first of our varieties to be ready for harvest each year. It has a much thinner skin than other varieties, making it especially easy to peel. Bacon’s oil content is also lower than other varieties so it has a lighter flavour, making for a great, healthy alternative to butter.
The Bacon is ready to eat when it is soft to the touch all over. Don’t be tempted to cut it open if it’s still hard in spots – be patient!
The Fuerte is a larger, pear-shaped avo, which we harvest in late winter. It has a smooth and very thin, almost Kermit the Frog-green skin with a creamy, pale green flesh inside. As with all of our avos, they taste great and are especially fantastic in pastas and salads.
The Fuerte can get quite big, ranging from 200 to almost 600 grams. A Fuerte is ripe when it yields to gentle pressure and it will stay bright green.
The Hass is the most popular avocado in Australia and the most common variety found on supermarket shelves. It is an oval-shaped fruit with a small to medium seed and it is best picked from September through to November. The Hass is super delicious and very easy to peel.
A Hass can range from 100 to 400 grams, and has a distinctive skin that is rougher than other varieties. A Hass is perfectly ripe when the dark green skin has deepened in colour to aubergine or royal purple.
The Reed avocado is a large, round, emu egg-shaped fruit that is deliciously creamy and exceptionally flavourful. The Reed is usually available from late December to early February: perfect for summer salads, breakfasts, or as a snack on the run.
The Reed is the largest of our varieties. It ranges from 200 to 800 grams. It has a thick green skin with slight pebbling, making it super easy to peel. Inside, its flesh is deliciously creamy.
A Reed is ripe when it may feel a little loose in its skin and almost rattle. It goes a darker green when ripe.