Kenya has over 40 varieties of avocado. Hass is the main export variety and Fuerte is preferred for processing. Other commercial varieties are Keitt, Reed, Booth 8, Simmonds, Pinkerton, Nabal, Puebla, Tonnage, Ettinger, Haye. Varieties used as rootstocks include Puebla, Fuerte, Duke.
Below are the two main varieties that we specialize on.
Hass avocados are oval in shape with dark green–colored, bumpy skin. They were first grown in Southern California. When ripe, the skin becomes a dark purplish-black; it is a large sized fruit normally weighing 200 to 300 grams. Owing to its taste, size, shelf-life, high growing yield and in some areas, year-round harvesting, Hass cultivar has become the most commercially popular avocado worldwide.
The name Fuerte, meaning “strong” or “hardy” in Spanish, was given to this variety because it survived the great freeze of 1913 in Los Angeles, California.
The Fuerte avocado is often recognized as the archetypal avocado, green in color, pear-like in shape, and ranging from 175 to 350 grams in size. It has smooth, medium-thin skin that peels easily, with dense, pale green flesh.