GEM Avocado?

I was just looking to add a container grown Avocado and came accross a really interesting variety called GEM. From most accounts this is a very prolific dwarf that is every bit as tasty as Haas. Only problem is, it’s exceptionally hard to find. Anyone here have any experience with this variety?

Sorry to revive an old post, @Calron, but I saw these in the grocery store here and bought a few, so thought I’d share my opinion on them.

The good? Large fruit, with very good flavor and smooth texture (other than the fiber strands), and they seem to reliably change color about one day before being fully ripe on the counter, so that’s nice.

The bad? Thick, corky skin that breaks and crumbles easily, so this is a scooper not a peeler. Also, they have quite a bit more noticeable fiber than Hass, though the filaments are thin and not too noticeable in the mouth.

A couple photos, second one shows the fiber:

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Yummy!!! :yum:

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Thanks for the taste/texture report. I did hold off on trying these from back when I posted this originally. Knowing now, it’s a pretty solid (flavor wise) avocado, I may look into one sometime this summer when I make more yard space :smile:

Also worth noting that someone with more experience than me with this cultivar replied to my tweets to say that GEM usually doesn’t have a fiber issue, but it could be seasonal or based on conditions at a particular farm:

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Here is an article from someone who has experience with this cultivar (and other avocados): https://gregalder.com/yardposts/the-gem-avocado-tree-a-profile/

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Very detailed! It’s interesting that also doesn’t mention anything about the fruit being fibrous, but all five (just had one more) that I bought had lots of fiber. It’s a shame if the main farm distributing them here for the first time had that issue this year. If they keep offering them as the season progresses I’ll see if they improve next month.

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