What is a gem avocado?

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Written By Thurman Schinner

Thurman Schinner graduated from Cambridge University with a bachelor’s degree and has specialized in technical writing.

GEM? is slightly ovoid in shape with a green skin, which turns blackish-purple when ripe. The flesh has a creamy texture with a superior taste. The relatively thick skin allows the flesh to be easily scooped out.. GEM? is a protected avocado cultivar that can only be grown and traded under licence.
What are the 2 types of avocados?
There are, in fact, three main types of avocado: Mexican, Guatemalan and West Indian, with the avocados most commonly found around the world being Fuerte and Hass. Fortunately, we came across this handy infographic, below, that pictures an impressive 50 plus of the most well known avocado varieties around the world.
How big do GEM avocado trees grow?
Avocado ? GEM ? 3 ? 4 feet tall.
Is Gem avocado a dwarf?
GEM avocados, unripe to fully ripe. GEM avocados average in size slightly larger than Hass, and their shape is less pyriform and more like a fat egg. Once cut open, you find a seed that is slightly larger than the seed of Hass and pointier too. And there often remains a fuzz of pulp coating the seed on GEM.

What is the difference between a Hass avocado and a regular avocado?
The big difference: these avocados have significantly less fat. Now, less fat might sound good, but the fats found in Hass avocados are very healthy. In terms of cooking, the fatty Hass avocado cannot be beaten. The richness of the fruit makes the Hass easy to mash and whip and richer in taste.
Is Hass avocado A or B?
For example, Hass is a Type A and Fuerte is a Type B. To encourage optimal fruit development, it is best if both a type A and type B avocado tree are planted close by.
What are the varieties of avocados?
The most common types of avocados are Bacon, Fuerte, Gwen, Hass, Pinkerton, Reed and Zutano, with many chefs having a particular preference for the Hass variety. In some areas, the Hass avocado is known as the avocado pear or the alligator pear. Even without a label, you can learn to distinguish them by look and feel.
Is Gem avocado self pollinating?
Avocados are usually not self-pollinated, because the male and female parts are not open at the same time.

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Can you keep avocado trees small?
With a small number of cuts done every year, and possibly some pinches, you can keep an avocado tree down to 15 feet (my Hass), 12 feet (my Reed), even 10 feet. And if the pruning cuts are done at the right place and in the right time, our trees will still make quite a lot of fruit for their small size.
Do I need 2 avocado trees to get fruit?
For the best yields of fruit, two avocado trees are required. Both flower types produce and are receptive to pollen at different times of day, and the best pollination and fruit set occur when type A and B avocado cultivars grow together.
Can you get dwarf avocado trees?
A small tree to about 4m popular for the back yard. A moderate cropper of medium sized rich, high quality fruit. Pear-shaped with dark green skin using Guatamalan rootstock.
What flower type is GEM avocado?
GEM? Flowering Page 6 GEM? has a Type A flower, and tends to start flowering later than Hass and over a less extended period. The duration of bloom was noted for various cultivars over four years in California.
How do you identify Hass avocados?
Each varietal type has its own distinct characteristics in the following areas:

Taste (nutty to light)
Flesh texture (buttery to watery)
Blossom type (A or B)
Seed size.
Skin/peel color when ripe (green to purplish black)
Fruit shape (round to obovate)
Peel characteristics (thick and bumpy to thin and smooth)

How do you pick out the best avocado?
If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it?s ripe and ready-to-eat. Ripe, ready to eat avocados may have a darker color but color can vary so it is best to go by feel as well as color. It will feel lightly soft but it will not feel ?mushy? to the touch. Ripe fruit is perfect for that day.
Are Hass avocados good for you?
Avocados are a source of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. Avocados contain high levels of healthy, beneficial fats, which can help a person feel fuller between meals.

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