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!
    I was looking for a tuna and quinoa salad and came across your blog.
    And I could not stop reading ))
    I really love the salads you make.
    I will let you know when I cook something.
    I am from Russia, by the way ))

  2. I couldn’t resist commenting. Well written!

  3. Mimi,
    my tree has baby avocados– YEAH!! how long until they will be big enough to eat 🙂

    • Are you in California? If so, they may be ready in December (earliest) but for flavor wait until early 2018. Do you know the variety? If Hass, you can eat them from Dec through late summer. If not Hass, let me know what they are. Be sure to keep ahead of the hot weather…they can fall from the tree if the tree gets stressed without enough water.

  4. Greetings Mimi,

    I could not resist sharing that it was your website that saved half of an avocado this morning from the trash! Too funny…I cut it last night, ate half, left the seed in the other half, placed it in a ziplock and left it on the counter.

    Oh my goodness, I forgot to put the avocado in the refrigerator! You should have seen the disappointed look on my face.

    Interestingly, I avoided avocados due to its taste for most of my life. Trying them every now anyway. I felt the benefits far outweighed my tastebuds. Now I sincerely love them! ☺️

    With that said, I couldn’t simply trash it without a little research.

    Thank goodness! Followed your instructions step by step and just like you whispered in my ear, the avocado was just fine.

    Also, your site is very well laid out and written. I will surely stop by again for recipes.

    Have an amazing day!

    ~Shun (from Chicago)

    • Hi Shun! So glad you were able to rescue that avocado! Amazing that it takes a whole year to grow one, and depends on the previous year’s health of the tree to even get a flower! And they’re so good for us too. Thanks for letting me know about your success!


  5. Hi Mimi,

    What a journey from Vermont to your Avocado life in California! Everyone I’ve ever met from Montpelier never leaves there, let alone our cozy Green Mountain State. Kudos to you!!

    Would love to make it out there one day to experience such beautiful crops and wine country- thanks for your blog.

    Gail from Vermont

    • Hi Gail! I’ll be coming to Vermont next week to spend time with my mom and daughter. You can take the girl out of Vermont but you can’t take Vermont out of the girl! Every summer my kids and I would spend several weeks with my parents, and now my oldest daughter has been living with my mom for the past 4 years and loves it. My goal is to spend part of every year in my homestate.

  6. Hi Mimi–
    I love your blog…thank you for the time you spend writing.
    I don’t have a tree but my neighbors do, though most of then in my San Jose California neighborhood are the smooth skinned type.

    I picked up a fallen baby avocado yesterday cuz I thought there MUST be something that can be done with them. I cut my little guy open and pulled out the small pit, peeled it, and ate it. It was crunchy and tasted a bit like a nut. It was great.

    Do you have any creative ideas for what to do with so many babies? I thought I could try pickling a small batch, but wondered if you have tried anything for yourself?

    Would love to learn what recipe options are out there.

    Thanks so much.

    • Hi Marie, The avocados on the trees right now are the new crop for next year. They are not mature enough to soften and be edible. They fall off the tree because of hot weather or not getting enough water. Sometimes the tree just can’t support all the baby avoacados that are on the tree, so many will fall and only a few will mature. Wait until late December to try to eat them (at least) and they will probably be better in Jan or Feb. It’s hard to know without identifying the variety of fruit that you have.

  7. Hello. Love your blog and I love avocados. I am growing one myself too heheheh. We will see if something happens.

    I was wondering if you accept guest posts? I have a food blog and you can check it out how my recipes look like 🙂

    I would be honored to write a post, of course, smth that includes avocados 🙂



  8. Hello Mimi. I had never had a Reed avocado until last year. Tastes quite good. 3 years ago, I planted a Reed, Bacon, Hass and Fuerte trees. The trees were about a year old when I planted them. Last year the Reed had 25. The Hass had 1 and the Fuerte had 3. This year The Reed and the Bacon each have 20. The Hass has 50 and the Fuerte has 70. My family and I are going to enjoy them in the coming months.

  9. Aloha Mimi: I live in Hawaii and I think I have a fuerte tree. My tree fruits evert other year. Why is this and is it possible to get the tree to fruit every year? Also do you have pruning tips. Thank you

    • Fuerte avocado trees are notorious for fruiting every other year. We don’t do a lot of pruning…just the dead wood and maybe an extra long shoot that might become a limb that would break.

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