Holy Guacamole: Avocado Prices In New Zealand Hit $10 A Piece
People in Australia hold avocados to an almost God-like level. Who knows why; don't get us wrong, they're delicious and good for you but it's not as if they're going to turn you superhuman.
While they're certainly not a cheap fruit, thank your lucky stars you're not in New Zealand.
Sadly, the stoned balls of goodness are being sold for a whopping NZD$10 each.
The sheer cost of large avocados has even seen some restaurants stop serving guacamole and other avo delicacies because they're too goddamn expensive to produce.
Owner of Auckland Mexican restaurant La Fuente, Edmundo Farrera, has told the New Zealand Herald: "We talked about it with the chef and he said 'I'm conscious of this, you keep an eye on it and basically let me know when it's the time we have to take it off the menu'.
"I've been in the restaurant business for 26 years...the prices of avocado seem to me a bit drastic when they jump. I think growers should be a little bit more considerate to businesses.
"In Mexico, back home, we also move with the season but we've never had such a jump in prices."
He said they have a dish that requires at least two avocados per serving and they'd have to jack it up from $14 to $20 to account for the price hike of the fruit. Avo is heavenly but it's not worth that much.
A report featured in Bloomberg last month showed avocado prices have spiked 34 percent in Mexico, the highest in nearly a decade.
Mexico is the largest grower of the green stuff in the world by far, producing 1.52 million tonnes a year. By comparison, the Dominican Republic is the second largest and they produce 420,000 tonnes yearly.
New Zealand Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular told the NZ Herald: "We have recently had a medium volume season and supply is particularly low at the moment.
"Avocado harvest runs August to February, and there is a very low supply of avocados in New Zealand right now as we are outside of the main season. They are a seasonal fruit, which means there is limited supply during the winter months. However, we expect to see new season Hass avocados available from late July."
Hopefully for everyone across the ditch that means prices could relax in the coming months. You can't spell brunch without smashed avo so give the people what they want.
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