Egg-sized avocados pick of the mini-crop
EGG-SIZED avocados are to go on sale after a dry summer in South Africa led to a mini-sized crop.
The “snack-sized” avocados, which are about a third of the size of a regular avocado, would usually be considered too small to be sold in stores in the UK.
But Tesco has decided to sell the fruit in green egg boxes, claiming that the smaller avocados are super convenient as their soft skin means they can be peeled by hand. It comes after supermarkets won praise from consumers and waste groups after launching ranges of “wonky veg”, consisting of unusually shaped fruit and veg which would not normally meet their
‘Zilla Eggs are perfect for customers who want to snack, without wasting the other half of the avocado’
required standards for sale.
The so-called “Zilla Eggs” weigh around 70g (2.5oz), around three times less than a standard 200g avocado. Last year Tesco sold a giant 1.7kg avocado, which it branded the “Avozilla”. Boxes of six Zilla avocados are on sale at £2.
James Cantoni, Tesco avocado buyer, said: “These Zilla Eggs are a brilliant way to offer customers great tasting, high quality avocados, which previously would have been rejected by growers because of their size.
“They are perfect for customers who want to snack, without the usual fuss or worry of wasting the other half of the avocado.
“And it also helps producers who are able to sell even more of their avocado crop.”