Prices smashed: five great things to do with $1 avocados that aren’t toast

Australian avocado growers and lovers alike are rejoicing as a bumper season sees the fruit selling for $1 each at Coles and Woolworths

Avocados are selling for $1 each in Australian shops and supermarkets after a bumper season.
Avocados are selling for $1 each in Australian greengrocers as well as Coles and Woolworths after a bumper season. Photograph: d3sign/Getty Images
Avocados are selling for $1 each in Australian greengrocers as well as Coles and Woolworths after a bumper season. Photograph: d3sign/Getty Images

Last modified on Thu 10 Jun 2021 05.10 EDT

Farmers have not had an easy time of it lately, between fires, floods, a mouse plague and the pandemic. But they’ve nevertheless provided us all with something to celebrate this winter: cheap avocados. Woolworths and Coles are selling the fruit for $1 a piece, and even better prices can be found at markets and greengrocers.

John Tyas, the chief executive of Avocados Australia, said the drop in price was due to a bumper crop this year, based on more trees in production and great growing conditions.

“It’s a good time to experiment with avocado because prices are low,” Tyas says.

He predicts the low avocado prices are here to stay, with more trees having been planted and greater supply still in years to come.

Reports of a world-first experiment at the University of Queensland utilising one millimetre cuttings to grow hundreds more avocado trees also point to a bright future for avocado enthusiasts.

All this is a far cry from the great avocado shortage of 2018, that saw prices soar to $9 each and forced avo toast off the menu at many cafes.

Five things to do with avocados that don’t involve toast

Sublimely satisfying: Tom Hunt’s mole negro with avocado and tacos.
Sublimely satisfying: Tom Hunt’s mole negro with avocado and tacos. Photograph: Tom Hunt/The Guardiang

Mole Negro

Just because avocados are affordable does not mean any part should go to waste. Tom Hunt says that rather than discarding avocado seeds, they can be used to spice up mole, a traditional Mexican sauce made from chilies and other spices. He suggests grating avocado seed over the sauce for a “a bitter twang”.

Claire Ptak’s kohlrabi and avocado salad
Claire Ptak’s kohlrabi and avocado salad. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

Kohlrabi and avocado salad

The perfect winter vegetable, kohlrabi makes for a fresh and crispy salad – one Claire Ptak says “changed my idea of salad forever”. Continuing with the the grating theme, this recipe features shaved kohlrabi slices, paired with scoops of creamy avocado and anchovies for their salty, savoury flavour.

Guacamole is one of the most iconic of avocado dishes. Felicity Cloake’s taste-tested dozens of variations to settle on her favourite.
Guacamole is one of the most iconic of avocado dishes. Felicity Cloake taste-tested dozens of variations to settle on her favourite. Photograph: Mediterranean/Getty Images

Guacamole

Arguably the most famous avocado dish, guac has been around for centuries, so there are a lot of variations. In 2010 Felicity Cloake tried dozens of recipes to find her favourite, and a decade on it still holds up. Her version uses Hass avocado, the kind that’s in season now, because they “tend to be the creamiest and most flavoursome”. Mix with some chilli, coriander, lime, onions and (perhaps controversially) tomato, and you can’t go wrong.

Fridge-raid dressing

We have all had an avocado go bad and brown. This Yotam Ottolenghi recipe is meant to rescue what’s left of it. Normally meticulous, Ottolenghi says “don’t be too precious about the weight of individual herbs” in the dressing “so long as the net weight is about the same, you’ll be fine”.

Always make sure you use just-ripe avocados in this mousse: they are creamy and sweet.
Always make sure you use just-ripe avocados in this mousse: they are creamy and sweet. Photograph: Kristin Perers/The Guardiang

Chocolate avocado mousse

If you’re not a regular at vegan dessert bars, this might seem like an unlikely combination. But the avocado is a hero of chocolatey plant-based desserts because it just works. In addition to being smooth and silky, Claire Ptak’s mousse recipe has an added advantage: it is only two steps.


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