• You avos aren't going to be cheaper, after all. (coyot via Pixabay)
Blame the weather: we’re not likely to see those low avo prices.
By
Audrey Bourget

13 Nov 2017 - 3:36 PM  UPDATED 17 Nov 2017 - 5:49 PM

A lot of us got excited when we heard that the avocado prices were set to go down in Australia. Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it probably won’t happen anytime soon.

The Australian harvest for 2017-2018 should still be strong, but not as much as expected. Avocados Australia  CEO John Tyas tells SBS Food that the crops in certain parts of Queensland and New South Wales have already taken a hit because of bad weather, including hail and storms. In some regions, the flowering has simply failed to result in actual fruit on the trees.

But it’s not all bad news, he says:  “In Australia, we have growing regions from Western Australia to the Sunshine Coast and North Queensland to Tasmania. This means there are Australian avocados being harvested year-round. Sometimes we have more fruit to offer consumers and sometimes less, but there are always Australian avocados on the shelves.”

Earlier indications were that a record harvest was on the way, and that prices could drop by more than $1 a kilo.  

Because the production is now looking moderate this year, and the demand still high, the prices won’t drop as expected, but they shouldn’t jump dramatically either.

Australians eat more avocado than ever  - around 3.5 kilos per person per year, so let’s not kid ourselves, we’ll keep buying them even if the prices remain the same. So we thought we’d help you ward off potential avo smash boredom with 11 of our favourite avocado recipes. You’re welcome.

 

1. Matcha-avocado popsicles

The perfect summer treat, these icy poles melt rather slowly, so they're surprisingly transportable.

2. Tuna pokē bowl

Pokē is much more than just a trendy dish. This Hawaiian bowl is refreshing, healthy and satisfying.

3. Heirloom tomato, avocado and zucchini stacks

A beautiful and simple way to showcase those fresh and colourful veggies you bought at the farmers’ market.

4. Cooling avocado soup

Swap your comforting winter soups for this fresh little number.

5. Bacon-wrapped sweet potato wedges with avocado wedges

Everything’s better wrapped in bacon, and these tasty wedges are no exception. The avocado wedges may sound strange, but they will surprise you.

6. Avocado tzatziki

Jazz up your traditional tzatziki with avocado. This would work well with some pita bread and pork souvlaki.

7. Avocado, pink grapefruit and tamari almond salad

An easy vegan salad balancing perfectly the acidic citrus, creamy and delicate avocados and salty, crunchy almonds.

8. Korean carrot crêpes roll

Take these pancakes to a bring-a-plate party, but make sure to keep a few for lunches.

9. Avocado loaf with raspberry glaze

“This is a great alternative to a regular pound cake and great for those half-eaten avos that might be lurking around in your fridge or fruit bowl.” - Poh Ling Yeow, Poh & Co. 2

10. Breakfast tacos

Next time you’re cooking tacos for dinner, save a few tortillas and keep the party going when you wake up with breakfast tacos.

These breakfast tacos will leave your regular toast for dead.

11. World’s best avo mash

That would almost be un-Australian to talk about our favourite avocado recipes, without mentioning avo on toast…

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