(OrganicJar) California farmers expect to harvest the smallest avocado crop since 1990 and possibly even as far back as 1980. The price of avocados is expected to rise later this year in response to a predicted avocado shortage. Prices shouldn’t explode, but they’ll creep into the higher range, especially for organically grown avocados.
According to the California Avocado Commission, the main culprit is a rash of hot and dry weather last June which will cause a smaller crop this spring. This will cause us to rely more on imported avocados from Mexico and Chile. This is unfortunate news if you’re a huge fan of avocados like me!
What You Can Do
You can, of course, stock up on avocados in advance to get you through the lean months ahead (though fresh is certainly best when it comes to avocados!). Avocados will keep in the freezer for up to six months, though you do want to mash them with a bit of lemon juice first. To freeze avocado: puree flesh with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per 2 avocados, and place in a tightly-closed container with the air removed. A zip-lock plastic bag will work well for this.
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