Hass vs Shepard
The Hass avocado is the most common variety grown in Australia accounting for around 80 per cent of avocados available. Being a more robust fruit that can tolerate different climates they are able to be grown across most states of Australia.
Shepard avocados are the next most commonly available avocado and generally referred to as greenskin avocados as their skin stays green as they ripen.
There are a number of green skin varieties of avocados grown in Australia however Shepard is by far the most widely available, albeit for a limited time of the year. Other varieties include the Reed (large rounder avocado), Wurtz, and Sharwill however these are grown in much smaller quantities and therefore have more limited availability.
Hass is the most common avocado variety Australia wide for most of the year
Classic oval shape
Distinctive pebbly, textured skin
Changes colour as it ripens – green to purple black
Available nearly all year-round
Creamy texture and taste
Shepard avocados (greenskins) are available every year for a limited time
Longer and more elongated
Smooth, glossy green skin
Always stays green, even when ripe
Available February to April
Nutty flavour and buttery texture