this post over Summer when I discovered avocados growing on the tree for the very first time? And I jumped up and down and did a big squawk and dance? Yep our avocado tree must be over twenty years old and this is the first time it has fruited. Admittedly there are only three avocados growing but that was enough to get me very excited indeed.
Anyway, all three of them are still there.
But when am I allowed to pick them?
Everything I've read about avocados agrees on a few things - avocado trees need well draining soil and a protected position (tick), and they can frizzle in the sun (seen that) and they don't like frost (don't really get it here). But I can't find much out about when an avocado is ready to pick. One thing I know is that the avocados won't ripen on the tree. You have to pick them first. But when to pick them?
I read in one place that you should wait until the first avocado drops to the ground and then the others will be ready. But I only have three! If one drops I may not find it amongst all the mulch and creeper and other bits and bots growing at the base of the tree. And this is the place where Wokee the Puppy likes to do her business so I don't fancy rummaging about looking for a single dropped avocado. Other sites say to pick an avocado when it's the right size, pop it in a paper bag for a few days and wait for it to soften and then it's ready. Oh and there's some other stuff about a little belly button at the top of the avocado changing colour - but once they started talking about belly buttons on fruit I tuned out.
I would hate to pick one of these three avocados only to find that it won't ripen and I have wasted one.
They've been sitting about getting fatter and more tempting since January - and they look about right now. And I am impatient. But I'm pretty sure mid Winter in Melbourne isn't the right time to pick an avocado. How long will I have to wait do you reckon?