|Hawaii Avocado Tree|
The majority of avocados found outside of Hawaii are the black-skinned 'Haas' which originally came from the Guatemala. 'Haas' do not grow well in Hawaii so we have numerous other varieties available in stores and Famer’s markets around the islands. Over half of the commercial avocado acreage in Hawaii are 'Sharwil', a Mexican and Guatemalan cross. 'Sharwil' have small seeds and greenish-yellow flesh with a rich, nutty flavor which many consider far superior to ‘Haas’.
'Greengold' and 'Murashige' are other green-skinned avocados commercially raised in Hawaii. However, 'Sharwil' is the only Hawaii grown avocado authorized for shipment to Alaska and the US mainland in compliance with USDA requirements.
We love the many varieties of avocados and are happy that they are also a great source Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E. They also has Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), and Vitamin B3 (Niacin). The avocado is a great source of fiber which makes it good for the digestive system and very filling. Unlike other fruits which are mostly carbohydrates, avocados are mostly fat, with oleic acid which is a healthy monounsaturated fatty acid.
The plentiful supply of highly nutritious avocados in Hawaii is one of the reasons people in Hawaii are so Healthy and Happy.