If wishes came true, there’d be a mountain of lovely, bumpy, green/black California Hass avocados waiting right outside the door, programmed like magic to mature and ripen in sequence. There would never be a whole bunch of avocados bought on sale reaching their peak all at once. When that happens, we have to switch menus quickly because avocados cost so much, losing one to over-ripeness can ruin a person’s mood.
The bad news is: Due to increased Southern California water costs, they are now costlier to grow. California produces 90% of the United States’ avocados. As of 2013, Mexico leads international exports, with other significant production in California, New Zealand, Peru, and South Africa.
The good news: There’s a rumor California may soon be able to grow avocados year round.
Bad news: That cost-of-water thing.
Music this week: Banana Boat Song. Harry Belafonte. The video features dancers. Also Carmen Miranda, who wore more affordable fruits on her head.