Launch of the Avozilla – five times bigger than normal avocado

30 Aug 2013

The world’s largest avocado – an incredible five times the size of the standard variety – is going on sale across Britain. Called the Avozilla, just one of these fleshy fruit is big enough to make a healthy family-sized helping of guacamole, the best known avocado dish.

The world’s largest avocado – an incredible five times the size of the standard variety – is going on sale across Britain.

Called the Avozilla, just one of these fleshy fruit is big enough to make a healthy family-sized helping of guacamole, the best known avocado dish.

The fruit is extremely rare and comes from just four trees grown by one of the world’s biggest suppliers of avocados, in South Africa.

From tomorrow, shoppers will be able to try them when they go on sale exclusively at Tesco supermarkets.

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.”

The Avozilla is so large that it literally stops people in their tracks. On average it is seven inches long and weighs about nearly 1.3 kilograms.

Avocados have grown spectacularly from being a niche food 20 years ago to being an everyday shopping basket favourite today.

Tesco’s Emma Bonny added: “Avocados are one of our fastest growing areas in fruit and vegetables with a staggering 30 per cent growth so far this year.”

The Avozilla will cost £3 each.

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Two easy to make avocado recipes

Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2tbsp crème fraîche

Finely chop the spring onions. De-seed the tomato and chop into small pieces.

Puree the avocado, this is best done by forcing it through a fine metal sieve.

Stir the crème fraîche into the avocado then fold in the chopped tomatoes and spring onions.

Serve with corn chips or, for a healthy option, with carrots, cucumber or crudités or spooned into little gem lettuce leaves.

Avocado and Crème Fraîche Pasta

Ingredients:

  • vine cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp - olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 100g (3 ½ oz) - pasta
  • avocado
  • 3 tbsps - olive oil
  • 100g (3 ½ oz) - crème fraîche
  • 1 bunch - basil
  • ½ - lime
  • ½ cup - pine nuts, toasted

Roast the tomatoes with the olive oil and seasoning.
Prepare the pasta as per the pack instructions.
Scoop out the insides from avocado and mash with the crème fraîche, chopped basil and squeezed juice from the lime.
Stir the mixture into the pasta and add more pepper to taste.
Serve with the pine nuts and tomatoes on the side.

Stir the mixture into the drained pasta on the hob to keep the dish hot, but be quick!

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