Business: The Sturdy Avocado

Thirty years ago only the rich could afford the strange meaty taste of avocado pears. Now avocados cost around a dime apiece instead of $5. West Indian avocados are grown in Florida, and some 13,000,000 pounds were imported last season from Cuba (certain spectacular avocados weigh two pounds apiece). But most avocados eaten in the U. S. come from California. Californians look down their noses at the West Indian article; California avocados are Guatemalan or Mexican or a cross beween the two. The Fuerte, a hybrid, called "the sturdy" because it shivered through...

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