Avoland – Paul & Maria

Avoland – Paul & Maria

15095062_1593326657641985_6067004413284382030_nPaul & Maria Bidwell moved to Tasmania a few years ago on a hunch that they would be able to grow avocados just as well here as they did back in their home state of Western Australia. Unusually, avocados take two years to reach full maturity on the tree, so each tree has both light green fruit (with a low oil content) from the current year, and slightly darker green fruit that has been on the tree for 15 months or more that has a higher oil content and thus full flavour (not all avocado producers leave fruit on the tree long enough to develop this oil content), and will mature in the current season. An initial planting of 200 trees have produced their first crop in 2016, and will produce many times more fruit in the next season as they become established. Unlike other avocado growing regions in Australia, Tasmania’s rainfall occurs mainly in the colder part of the year, which means that Paul & Maria’s avocados don’t need to sprayed with fungicide, and the red basalt soils that Paul carefully investigated before buying their North Motton property ensure that the shallow rooted avocado trees need little more than water to ensure a bumper supply of fruit!