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I was motivated to start a blog by reading all the wonderful talented individual's who have blogs out there. So, I want to make this blog about everyone who reads it. My family and God always comes first in my life. I want to share my experiences and in turn, hope to get feedback and ideas from you. I love unique things, I adore anything that sparkles (not over the top though) I love decorating, cooking, gardening, photography and shopping. My number one passion is photography! To me it becomes more than a picture, it can become a piece of art, or a beautiful memory. Decorating, though I am not a professional, and don't claim to be, has been a part of my life since I was very young, and just love searching and shopping for new ideas and incorporate the old, such as Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency with contemporary. Living close to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, and being of Hispanic heritage, I love cooking Mexican food, and love to share my authentic recipes. Though I live in Florida, my heart is in the desert southwest, and hope that my family and I will return there very soon…keep your fingers crossed that my prayers are answered SOON!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hass Avocados...


In 2002, the tree to which every Hass Avocado in the world can trace its lineage finally succumbed to root rot at the ripe old age of 76. Her offspring account for 95 percent of the avocados grown in California, and the fruit of her labor resulted in one of the state's most important industries. Yet, despite speculation to the contrary, nobody knows what variety of seed produced the original Hass Mother Tree.

The tree began life as lucky-find; a simple seed planted by A.R. Rideout of Whittier. Rideout, an innovator and pioneer in avocados, was always searching for new varieties and tended to plant whatever seeds he could find, often along streets or in neighbors' yards.

In the late 1920s, Mr. Rudolph Hass, a postman, purchased the seedling tree from Rideout, and planted it in his new orchard. He planned to graft another variety on it, but when repeated grafts didn't take he planned to cut the tree down. Fortunately for avocado lovers everywhere, Hass's children talked him out of it. They preferred the taste of the tree's fruit to that of the Fuerte, the predominant variety and industry standard in those days.

Since the quality was high and the tree gave a good yield, Hass named the variety after himself and took out a patent in 1935. That same year, he signed an agreement with Harold Brokaw, a Whittier nurseryman, to grow and promote the Hass Avocados. They would split the gross income: 25 percent for Hass and 75 percent for Brokaw.

Brokaw began to propagate the rough, black Hass exclusively and promote it in favor of the standard varieties of the day. It made sense. The Hass was a far better bearer than the Fuerte and it matured at a different time of year. Because of the seasonal advantage, Brokaw was successful to the point of yearly sellouts of his nursery crops.

The patent expired in 1952, the same year Rudolph Hass died. But by then, the bumpy black avocado that bore his name was rapidly gaining in popularity on the smooth green Fuerte. Consumers preferred its richer, nuttier taste, while grocers favored it for its durability and longer shelf life. Today, the Hass accounts for about 80 percent of all avocados eaten worldwide and generates more than $1 billion a year in revenues in the United States alone.

The tree that launched an avocado revolution lived out her days in suburban La Habra Heights. Harold Brokaw's nephew Hank nursed her through more than a decade, trying to save her from root fungus. Hank lost the fight in 2002, and the tree's wood is currently in storage in a Ventura nursery awaiting the decision on a fitting commemoration of the original Hass Mother Tree.
Reference: http://www.avocado.org/the-hass-avocado-a-california-native/

Below are some pictures of my Hass Avocado tree on the south side of my property. We purchased our home 16 years ago and each and every year we would get hundreds of sweet beautiful avocados.  We would have so many, I would give them to the neighbors, friends and even family up north and still had more than I could use in a year's time.  Last year was the first year we didn't get a one.  Due to the freezing weather of last winter, we did not even get a single blossom.  Well, that has changed this year.  There are thousands of blossoms, and come late summer, my tree should be full again.  Of course our favorite is fresh guacamole, but I use them in so many different recipes, and it's so nice to just go out to the tree pick a few and in about a week they are perfect for use.  So many people in this area of Florida have what we call "Florida Avocados".  They are larger, the skin smoother and very moist inside, not even close to the true flavor of a Hass avocado. 

Here is a family recipe for our guacamole.  It's different than most I've seen, but it is seriously delicious.

In a Molcajete (Mortar and Pestle) mix the following:

2 Hass avocados
1 medium size Cubanelle Chili Pepper (char the chili under the broiler or on a hot skillet and remove the skin) small dice
1 tsp. Hellman's mayonnaise (yes, mayo)

1 Tbs. fresh finely chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp. fresh finely chopped garlic
1/2 Tbs. Lawry's Season Salt
1/2 tsp. Adobo
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tomato diced for topping

Mexican Molcajete this is identical to the one my Father bought me almost 30 years ago while visiting him in Los Angeles and still looks new. 
Take all the ingredients and mix thoroughly in the Molcajete, but not too smooth, you want texture.  If you do not have a Molcajete, use a food processor.  Top with the fresh chopped tomato.    Put a seed of one the avocados in the middle of the guacamole as not to turn brown until serving.

This is basically what my guacamole looks like when finished.  I do not put lime in mine, but do use it as a garnish.  Also, many people like onion in their guacamole, I do not.  I want to focus more on the flavor of the avocado, not the onion.


  1. Love love love guacamole. I could easily make a meal off guacamole and chips and a glass of red wine. Yum.


  2. A most informative post! Love to eat my avocados right out of the skin with a spoon :)

  3. Love avacados and that post!

    I have started 3 avacado plants from seeds...they have been growing for 2 years now. I just transplanted into a larger pot. They are just about 24" tall each of them. I keep them inside where we have a skylight and they just love it. I know eventually I will need to plant outdoors...but am waiting for the plant to be ready...not sure when that will be. Any suggestions?

  4. Oh Joni, I love this post! Seriously, Hass avocados are the best, I don't like the stringy, water things they have in the markets here.

    I had no idea of the history and found it fascinating. When I lived in California, we had a HUGE tree in our yard and did the same thing as you — shared with everyone. There is nothing better than guac and chips with a margarita or mojito on a hot summer's day.

    Thank you so much for such an informative post. Oh, and I'm going to try your recipe, I also don't like onion in my guacamole. I just loved this post!!!!

  5. I was just talking with a friend of mine in California and she was saying how much the price on Hass avocados have gone up there and I was telling her about your post. I had to come back today to send her the link! So interesting, she didn't know the history either.

  6. Thank you all very much for your sweet comments. Becky, I know exactly what you mean, and these, are so naturally flavored you can do just that....

    Kat...never tried the red wine with guac and chips...but you know I will now! Thank you.

    Jenna...you know I have a friend that I gave some to about 5 years ago, and they grew some small plants and after about 6 months of growth, they planted them outdoors, they said they are doing great and are basically small trees now. They did however, plant them in a sunny spot with a small amount of shade, not too much. My tree is on the South side of my house, in full sun.

    Rhonda...that was so sweet of you sending your friend my link. The first time I saw an avocado tree was at the age of 16 on the way to Tijuana and took a wrong turn somewhere in San Diego, and I asked my step-mother "what are those things on that tree"? Coming from Ohio, never seen anything like it, she laughed and told me "California avocados", since I saw that tree and had guacamole for the first time and my frist trip to California...I have been hooked.