Giant SA avos go on sale in UK’s Tesco

UK retailer, Tesco, has announced that the world’s largest avocado, five to six times the size of the usual variety – AND grown in South Africa – is on sale at its stores across Britain.

Called the Avozilla, on average it is almost 13cm long and weighs about 1.3 kgs.

The rare fruit comes from just four trees grown by one of the world’s biggest suppliers of avocados, in South Africa. (Reports do not mention who the supplier is, but perhaps Westphalia?)

Tesco salad buyer Emma Bonny said: “The Avozilla has a fantastic taste with a rich, juicy, buttery texture, and creamy flavour.

“The ripe fruit is an attractive vivid green colour – different from the darker coloured smaller variety – and its thick skin can actually be used as a serving bowl for guacamole.

“Avocados are full of nutrients and vitamins, and by stocking these big varieties, we’re making it easier than ever before for our customers to eat healthily.

“We believe the Avozilla will appeal to shoppers who are looking for value for money, but especially large families.

“Avocados are one of our fastest growing areas in fruit and vegetables with a staggering 30 per cent growth so far this year.”

Derek Donkin, chief executive of the South African Avocado Growers Association, said: “Commercial demand is growing rapidly in Europe and despite the downturn, supply has increased.

“They are highly nutritious and high in monounsaturated fats which are the good fats which reduce cholesterol. They are high in potassium, higher than bananas, and it’s not just a salad item – you can make anything from avocado cheesecakes to ice creams.”

The Avozilla will cost £3 each.