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.

One small request:  Please leave me a comment when you read a post so I know that YOU were here!!   One more request:   Add your e-mail address to the “Subscribe” box on any page of the site so you won’t miss any of  the fun!  I hope we’ll connect on Facebook, Twitter , Google Plus, Instagram, and Pinterest too!  Let’s follow each other!


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  1. Welcome to the blogging life Mimi! Looking forward to future interesting posts from you! 🙂 Way to go! Good luck on your baby blog. 🙂

  2. Hi Mimi – great new baby blog and very interesting, I’ll definitely be trying some of your recipes and looking forward to hearing about like on an avocado ranch, how exciting!
    I’ll also tag your recipes and blog in on my website, sure my followers will love the recipes too xx

  3. Love reading about your avocado ranch! It’s so interesting. Looking forward to meeting you in person at Camp Blogaway too!

  4. Hi Mimi,
    Thanks for stopping by and visiting me. Nice job on your header photo and tagline. You live in a great spot– I can’t get enough of having avocados in my sandwiches and salads, and of course I could happily live off of guacamole alone. I look forward to meeting you at Campblog Away. Best, Dana

  5. Mimi,

    Glad I have just become a subscriber to your blog. I’ve been searching the web far and wide for a picture of what baby avocados look like and I finally got to your site! I have 13 different fruit trees on the slope of my Mission Viejo home. They aren’t as spread out as I would like but I’m limited by the confines of track home living! Still, my two 3 year old Haas avocado trees from LaVerne nursery are looking fantastic. One is 6-7 feet tall and the other is 10-12 feet. I’d like to believe that our attention to daily organic fertilizing (egg shells, fruit/vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, etc.) has helped and I’m pleased to see that we have 50-100 baby avocados emerging from flower stems. Let’s hope we get ripe fruit from them and they don’t fall off before harvesting. My other fruit trees include: Bears lime, Meyar lemon, satsuma, fuji apple, persimmon, orange, and a custom grafted three-in-one Asian pear tree (Shinko, Hosui, Shinseiki) from California Tropical Fruit Trees in Vista, CA. I look forward to learning from your expertise with avocado farming!

    • Hi Tim! Sounds like you have quite a farm going there! I’m not the farmer, just the farmer’s wife…and both sons are agricultural engineers. Thanks for subscribing to my blog!

  6. Hi Mimi!

    I found your blog at http://californiamomblogs.com/.

    I am just south of you in Rancho Bernardo. I love your blog! I am now following you and can’t wait to look through your blog and learn more about your farm!
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  7. Hi Mimi

    I found your blog while looking for information in English about the avocado strong. I liked your information and your opinion about this variety (not everything should be Hass).

    My wife and I also have a ranch, planted Hass avocados, with some Fuerte, and some more of Bacon and Zutano. Well, we also have some Moscatel grape vineyard for our production of raisins. We live in Competa, a town of Malaga, in Spain, a little far from here.

    We send you a warm greeting.
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  8. Hi Mimi,
    I found your blog surf the net to improve my bad english!
    I think that I’ll follow you to read about your ranch, your travel, your recipes.
    I write a food blog me too. I live in Italy, in a small country town called Barbianello (50 km far away from Milan). Nice too meet you!
    I love avocado!!!
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    • Hi Lauretta! Thank you for visiting! Nice to meet you! I have been to Salsamaggiore…is your town nearby? I was in Italy to play with our community band in 2001. We had a wonderful time in Italy, traveling near Parma and Santa Margarita. I cannot read Italian, but I will enjoy your photography!!

      • Yes Mimi, Salsomaggiore is not so far away from my small town.
        I was in Usa the last year to visit New York, only for 5 days unfortunately.
        I hope to return soon.

  9. What a seriously cool blog!!! I was just scrolling through Facebook and the Cabot Creamery page mentioned your blog and the post you wrote about your visit there. Now I have been reading through lots of your other posts. Love it! Love that you are a New England gal living in SoCal! Love avocados! Love your cozy down-to-earth writing style! Looking forward to reading more! 🙂

  10. Hi Mimi
    I LOVE avocados – they’re my favourite food in the world – and now I LOVE your blog!! What a wonderful idea to share not only your delicious recipes but also your life/work on an avocado farm… this really brings some (much-needed) sunshine into my too-often rainy Brussels (Belgium/Europe)! (BTW I found you via “Liz The Chef” whom I follow on twitter.)

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    • Welcome Corinna! I have always wished to visit Belgium, as an ancestor came from that area! Happy to have you here with us! xo Mimi

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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. 🙂

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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….

  20. 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.

  21. 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 ))

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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!


  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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 🙂



  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. Hi Mimi,

    I’ve wanted to grow my own avocados for the last 15 years. I finally bought a haas avocado tree from Costco last Spring. I live in LA (Echo Park by Dodger Stadium). My tree is approximately 2 1/2-3 feet tall. I thought it was growing more leaves, but its the blooms. Hoping you can please help me w/ these questions:
    Is it ok to fertilize my young tree? It’s been in the ground for close to a year. If yes, pls provide suggestions /recommendations.
    Why are the leaves on the tree seem droopy – they kinda point downward towards the ground. Not all the leaves, but a lot of them. Otherwise the leaves are green & seem normal.
    Is it possible that I may be overwatering causing the leaves to droop downwards?
    Appreciate your expertise and opinion.

    Also,you have an amazing ability to intrigue,explain,depict etc. with all the info you post. I’ve enjoyed reading the posts and watching the videos. I was searching the web “young haas avocado tree images,” when I finally clicked on an image that took me to your blog.

    Thank you for sharing and this awesome blog!

    • Hi Lauryn,

      Avocado leaves can look pretty droopy when the tree is in bloom. When the flowers are finished and the new baby avocados begin to show up, the tree will put out new growth. Those new leaves start out red and grow bigger, turning to green. Since your tree is still pretty small, the flowers may look disproportionately big compared to the foliage on the tree.

      You can fertilize your tree. Use “Triple 15” or just get some Miracle Gro. Make sure you are giving the tree plenty of water too.

      Avocado trees take time to grow…but they are worth the wait!


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  32. Yo, Mimi!

    It’s your GlenAires choir buddy … who willingly accepts direction from you. So un-guy-like of me.

    Enjoyed reading your ever-unfolding story, but I’m just catching up in mid-June 2019.


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