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Does A Bacon Avocado Taste Like Bacon? And a Giveaway!


Bacon avocado

Whenever the subject of Bacon avocados comes up  the first question is always “Does a Bacon avocado taste like bacon?”

bacon tree

Bacon avocados are named for Mr. James Bacon, who hybridized them in 1954.   This year is the 60th birthday of the Bacon avocado!  That’s plenty of reason to celebrate with a big bowl of guacamole made with Bacon avocados!

Bacon avocado trees are found as far north as the Bay Area of California because this variety of avocado tree can tolerate cooler weather.  According to Gary Bender of UC Cooperative Extension,

“Bacon is mostly Mexican  with even more cold tolerant than Fuerte. As a rule of thumb, Hass fruit can stand temperatures as low as 29°F for four hours before showing freeze damage in the fruit, Fuerte fruit can similarly withstand temperatures to 26-27°F before showing damage, and Bacon can withstand temperatures as low as 25°F before showing fruit damage.”

Bacon avocado

The Bacon variety is one of  the very first of the California avocado varieties to be harvested each year.  These California avocados are the ones to eat in November and December.   Bacons have thinner skin and are considered one of the “green skin” avocados.   They’re ripe when they just “give” when gently pressed in the palm of your hand.  They do not turn black when they’re ripe, so it’s important to actually touch the fruit to check if they’re softening.   Avocados are very hard when they are first picked from the tree, and it takes a week or more to soften up so they can be eaten.

bacon avocado

So how does a Bacon avocado taste?  I’d love for you to try some and tell me what you think.  This morning I had a conversation with The Farmer and Farmer Ben here in the kitchen.  We all agreed that Bacons are lighter than other varieties, have a very fresh and unique flavor,  and they’re especially good in guacamole, salads, or smoothies.  They certainly are a very pretty fruit, wouldn’t you agree?

Bacon Avocado


This Bacon avocado  is ready to eat.  The color of the fruit is light yellow with a little green near the skin, and the texture is light too.    As you can see, the skin is green,  peels easily, and is much thinner than Hass or Reed avocados.  Bacon avocados season lasts only a few months in November/December.

box of Bacon avocadosBacon avocados are  not usually found in grocery  stores, unless you happen to live in Southern California where local produce is available at Farmers Markets or local produce stands.  If you want to try Bacon avocados,  we will  ship some to you,   direct from our farm.  We pick them from the trees and pack them right away while they’re still very hard.  The avocados are nestled in wood excelsior, packed in special double boxes.  They come with a Ripening and Storage Guide that describes how to care for your fresh avocados and how to know when they’re ready to eat.  This week we started offering a gift box of 7 Bacon avocados…the first time this year!

Our website California Avocados Direct is  where you can register and place your orders,  or you can just call the farm and I’ll probably answer the phone!   I enjoy visiting with our customers who call to order avocados for birthday presents,  baby presents,  care packages for college students….anytime there’s a loved one who loves avocados,  our fruit goes out to make them happy.  If there’s ever a problem with the shipment,  I’m the one who handles that too…but it rarely happens.  We only ship within the USA because we can’t control how long it will take for the perishable fruit to clear customs into other countries.

variety pack new

Would you like to try all three varieties? Bacon – Hass – Fuerte

Here you can see the Bacon avocados on the left,  Hass avocados in the middle, and Fuerte avocados on the right.  Hass are easy to identify because of the bumpy skin.  Fuerte avocados are shaped like pears.

We’re planning to add a variety pack (with these 3 different varieties avocados included) to our website, but instead of using the wood excelsior for these special boxes we’ll nestle the avocados into this fancy foam.  Do you have a preference?…the wood excelsior or the fancy foam?

I hope you try Bacon avocados and let me know what you think!  I’d love to hear how you would describe the flavor and texture of Mr. Bacon’s special avocados!


Mimi Avocado is having a Blog-aversary!    On November 16th will be three years old!  It has been such a wonderful experience to meet new friends,  learn new skills, and travel to new places.  I appreciate each and every one of you who read my posts, and who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Google Plus.

 To celebrate I would love to give my  readers a chance win a Gift Box with  all THREE of these avocado varieties!  We have never offered this box before, so if you win, you’ll  receive the VERY FIRST Bacon-Hass-Fuerte gift box! (valued at $37.94 including postage)  

We’ll keep this simple.

  You must be a resident of the USA and  be over 18  to enter.   To enter, just leave one comment on this post about avocados between Nov. 11 and  midnight on Nov. 16th Pacific Standard Time.    The winner will be chosen from a random drawing.   I’ll notify the winner on Nov. 17th, and I’ll need a valid mailing address at that time.  If I don’t hear from the winner via e-mail within 24 hours of notification, I’ll draw a new name and the new winner will have 24 hours to respond.


VOID where prohibited by law.

The Giveaway Items are provided by Mimi Avocado.  All prizes will be awarded.

Not responsible for technical failures, typographical errors, or resolving identity disputes related to the winner.

Number of eligible entries determines odds of winning. 


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  1. We had amazing omelettes this weekend – Bacon, cheddar, spinach and avocado. I think I died and went to heaven.

  2. At first I thought a Bacon Avocado was one that had a hint of bacon flavor. Then I thought how ridiculous I am to think that.
    Then it struck me… a BLT made with avocado!!!

    Yea, I know, your mouth is watering too…

    You’re welcome…

  3. Avocados are better than bacon! Less messy and more nutritious!

  4. Your lovely box of avocados would make a welcome addition to my meal planning for the coming weeks. I am only eating REAL food and cutting out the processed foods and refined sugars. The benefits of eating these super foods are noticeable. I feel so good after eating avocado. Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  5. Interesting read. I hope to win the giveaway. Happy 3yr anniversary!! Keep up the great work

  6. Hey Mimi! My publisher is really hoping he wins our bet with the Eagles and Seahawks. If I lose, I’ll be sending him a gift basket from California Avodados Direct!

  7. Hi Mimi
    Have been reading your posts down in Australia.
    I have just started growing reed avocado plants from seed and having lots of success with the little trees growing well. I am very inspired seeing your pictures. I love the taste of reed avocado the best. Thank you for putting pics up for us all to see.

    • Exciting that you are growing trees from the seeds! Avocado trees are grown from a root stock and then grafted later on to become the variety that is desired. The plants that you are growing may not be Reeds, but the root stock that was used originally. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. It is actually a mistake to harvest Bacons in December. Their fat content is not fully developed, and they are a bit watery, and so-so. But leave them on another 2-3 months and they are much better. I had one off the tree once in June, and it was awesome. They can stay on longer than is commonly believed. It used to be that they would be picked early and sold, before Hass came in, but with Mexican Hass coming in recent years, no reason to pick them soon. Stretch out the harvest time and let them get richer.

  9. I’ve only eaten Haas and Fuerte so far. Bought Bacon Avocado today, and find it watery compared to the others. What would be the best recipe to use this kind of Avocados? Thanks!

    • Some people like Bacons and some don’t. It also depends on the individual fruit…sometimes they’re great and sometimes not. I would make guacamole with Bacons. Adding other flavors enhances the avocado when it has less oil content.

  10. From 1961 up until November of 1969 (my age 2 – 10) if you walked out the front door of our home and looked left 3 houses down to the end of our quiet little culdesac, over the top of the houses there you could see the deep-green leafy tops of a shady grove of mature trees that bordered that side of our neighborhood. It was the only “woods” for miles around as the big city had, by the time I came on the scene in the 60’s, grown up around that grove leaving it an isolated island out of time and place for a young city boy. That quiet, shady grove was a veritable “forest” in my young eyes and I was a young “Lewis & Clark” at heart and could not resist the compulsion “to explore strange new worlds -to seek out new life and new civilizations -to boldly go where no kid had gone before”. The “woods” behind the houses at the end of our street were a MAGNET to this young boy and I was drawn in by the promise of adventure that always accompanies exploration. A couple of times, beginning at about age 7, I organized parties of exploration, recruiting similarly youthful volunteers from the neighborhood to enter the forest with me. I remember one sunny morning leading a party of about 6 or 7 of us in. Over the block wall we went like Special Ops, slipping quietly and cautiously into the cool and musty-smelling shadows of “The Forest”. We slowly made our way thru, a couple of us periodically climbing up into the sturdy trees as “lookouts” for any incoming “danger” and to get a better view of what might lie up ahead so we could better plot our course -or quickly escape if we needed to.
    Well I guess we needed more Special Ops training because 6 or 7 highly excited 6 to 8 year-old boys can’t match real Special Ops furtiveness. We had made enough noise that we attracted the attention of the Master of The Forest who tracked us down and caught up to us as we were trying to help little 6 year-old Timmy Carson get over the block wall so we could make our escape. Most of us had already hopped the wall and were home free when we heard little Timmy bawling and screaming for someone to help him get over the wall and that “the man” was going to get him and was almost there. Being “professional” explorers rather than just a bunch of scared neighborhood kids, we had real loyalty to one another and wouldn’t leave the smallest and youngest of our party to be captured or slaughtered so we climbed back over that block wall and as the man approached, dry leaves crunching under each of his steps, we started boosting Timmy up. Timmy had just mounted the top of the wall when the man arrived. He was tall, kind of old (compared to us anyway), wore old-timey-looking thick-glass eyeglasses, and instead of yanking us up, slaughtering us, or yelling at us, he just nicely asked us what we were doing and stated that his main concern was us getting hurt on his property. He turned out to be a nice neighbor and gave us a tour of his property that included the home he and his wife lived in, an old barn, some sheds, and a really old 2-story building standing silently in the shade of some big trees that grew all around it. The latter looked like it had been used as a shop in the past few decades but more recently to just store old seldom used tools or farm equipment. It was dim in that old shop that morning with the only light coming in thru a couple of windows. I well remember the dust motes floating aimlessly in the ambient light as I tried to take in the ancient atmosphere and the old oily smell of the place. I remember the man pointing at the old broken wooden stairs to our left in the front corner of the building and telling us the story of how those stairs and that corner of the building came to be seriously damaged. And they were. There was a section of the stairs that was busted up and just hanging. And the wall itself was shattered there to the point that you could see outside. The man told us that many years ago there was a team of horses hooked up to a wagon and the horses had spooked and took off without anyone on the wagon to control them. As the team ran past that corner of the building pulling the wagon, the wagon slid sideways slamming into the building nearly taking out that corner.

    So why am I sharing all this here? Our neighborhood “forest” was an avocado orchard and “the man” was indeed the Master of that place. This was Buena Park of Orange County California in the 1960’s and the man was none other than James “Jim” Bacon, developer of the frost tolerant Bacon Avocados. Mr. Bacon was my neighbor and his Avocado orchard was my “forest” -a special playground of my youth. I went back in there several times. And got caught a couple more times. But each time we did get caught Mr. Bacon took the time to make something special out of these surprise visits. One time when it was just my little brother and me, Mr. Bacon put a ladder up against a shed that had a large golden plum tree growing up against it and sent us up to pick a bunch to bring home with us. Those were the sweetest most magnificent tasting plums I’ve ever eaten to this day. After getting our plums picked and a little more conversation with him, Mr. Bacon loaded us into his car and gave us a ride home. On another occasion he took us in his home to meet Mrs. Bacon. She had just baked some cookies and sat us down with a glass of milk and a couple of cookies each and we got to have a nice visit with her. About 2 years later I was happy to find that I’d been assigned to Mrs. Bacon’s 5th Grade class at Dysinger Elementary School. But I only had her for half the school year as that was the year that we moved from Buena Park to Arkansas in November of 1969.

    Some years later on a trip back to the old Buena Park neighborhood I was DEVASTATED to find the old Bacon home, barn, sheds, the old 2-story building, all gone. And with them, all those special trees -my beloved avocado “forest”. All…gone. Everything had been leveled to the ground to make way for “progress” and development. What was once a magical enchanted place -once a peaceful island of quiet and cool shade under a canopy of deep green insulated from the city surrounding it, was now a hot asphalt parking lot surrounding a modern hotel which are constantly being assaulted by the neverending noise of Hwy 39’s Beach Blvd.

    Sacred special memories. Some things ought to last forever.

    • Thank you for sharing your memories and story. My husband’s parents farmed in Orange County — Huntington Beach — beans and tomatoes — for forty years. Each generation has moved to farm somewhere else as development swallows up the farm land. Our avocado farm is threatened by development too. So sorry for the loss of your old neighborhood.

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