About Mimi Avocado



Thank you for visiting!

My husband and I own and  operate a large avocado ranch in Southern California.  Now that our four children are grown, family life has changed.    Besides helping us manage the ranch,   our son started a mail order gift box/subscription  business called California Avocados Direct,  so that we can share the delicious premium fruit that we grow directly with the people who love to eat it!   The whole family helps with the business, and I do the social media when I’m not teaching music lessons, directing choirs or working on the bookkeeping for the ranch.

I decided to start writing my blog  Mimi Avocado so I could share stories about life on an avocado ranch,  recipes and food that we enjoy,  and the special things that I discover along the way.   Once in a while we are able to leave the ranch, so  I share our travel adventures too.   I won’t share the details of my life history, but if you are interested, you can find it here.  Blogging has brought some exciting opportunities my way, so I share what I learn, people I meet,  and the places that blogging takes me.

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  1. Hi Mimi!
    Thanks for posting an informative, interesting blog about what it’s like growing avocados. I recently purchased a 2 acre organic avocado grove in San Diego County and am anxious to see the entire process play out from start to finish. I, too, am a fan of Reed avocados and plan to re-plant with a few Reeds to supplement the Hass and Lamb Hass trees I already have.

    • Welcome! Thank you for your kind words. Have you considered a Fuerte tree or two? Tastiest fruit and ready to eat in winter!

  2. Happy to have found you. Looks like I redirected to you from another avocado farm no longer operating.

  3. I live in South Texas (Corpus Christi). We do not get quality avocados here and we never get Reed avocados. I lived in Denver Colorado many years ago and remember getting Reed avocados
    at the grocery store. As a child I lived in Harlingen, TX (the sixties)
    and I remember Hass avocados being delicious. I always wonder what happened to that classic avocado flavor and am always on the hunt for it.

    • Hi Leah, Thanks for your comment. We started our avocado gift box service for people like you who want to find the best tasting avocados. Check our family farm site ~ Mimi

  4. Hi there Mimi, this is Linda all the way from Adelaide South Australia (SA).
    I am trying to grow avocados in my backyard, but have had little success.
    I am currently trying Wurtz, Sharwill and Pinkerton after all the Hass’s I tried died (about 4)!

    The trouble with SA is that we have such hot dry summers that go on and on, and its a real challenge to get them through 45 degrees!


    • Hi Linda! Thanks for stopping by Mimi Avocado! I have not heard of Wurtz or Sharwill, but I know of Pinkerton. We have hot, dry summers here too…and it’s too bad that avocados need so much water!

      • Hi Mimi, if you could give me any tips at all (other than they need a lot of water, I would be oh so grateful.

        Wurtz and Pinkerton are considered to be dwarf varieties, therefore suitable for backyards. Perhaps they only have these ones in Australia.

        The time here now is 2:37 pm on a Friday afternoon. I see you’re heading for bed time.

  5. I’m so pleased to have found your blog! I clicked over from the foodphotographyblog.com.

    From one farm wife to another – you’re growing something good!

    Emily Grace

  6. Wonderful blog on such a wonderful fruit. I am passionate about avocados and think they are incredible and beautiful! I love seeing photos of your grove, and all your yummy recipes. 🙂

  7. Hi Mimi,
    I’m just wandering through and glad I found you! Quite enjoyable. I live in Southern California and am considering planting a reed tree since I just love the avocados. Just have to find a good one.

  8. love avocado trees i think i have a newly flowering tree grown from a seed . first time a seed planted avocado ever flower in my garden.
    amazingly in a 60sqm garden i have now 4 species.

  9. I grew up with a fuerte avocado tree in southern california and am very disappointed with avocados found in the stores today. So, I am very happy to find you. Looking forward to your blogs. I am determined to grow a fuerte tree here in Utah. Whatever it takes!

    • Fuerte avocado trees need water that isn’t high in salts…lots of it! Well drained soil, fertilizer, and tender loving care. We’ll start shipping Fuertes again in December….

  10. Hi There,

    I live in Mission Viejo and we recently bought a fuerte, but I was told that it won’t bear much fruit here. Do you agree with this? Thanks so much for your reply.

    Misty 🙂

    • I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t bear much fruit unless you don’t water and fertilize it correctly. Fuerte avocado trees grow all over Southern California. It does take several years for them to begin to bear fruit if you have just planted a small tree. Hope that helps.

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