Egg-sized av­o­ca­dos pick of the mini-crop

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Katie Mor­ley Con­sumer Af­fairs Ed­i­tor

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.”

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