“”From good people come good things”.
Yes, they do. Like the beautiful avocados in this Avocado, Tomato and Poached Egg Salad that was inspired by my trip to the Pinkerton’s avocado ranch. Last weekend I joined about 14 other food bloggers on a tour of Dan and Susan Pinkerton’s avocado ranch with the California Avocado Commission to learn about California Avocados.
We started the tour with a fabulous brunch featuring…you guessed it, lots and lots of avocados!
Over brunch Dan and Susan gave us an introduction to the art of growing avocados as well as the story of how they started their ranch back in the 1960’s. Dan spoke about soil evaluation, USDA certifications, leaf scorching and harvesting and Susan spoke about helping Dan survey the rocky hills surrounding their ranch for the first batch of avocado seedlings they planted. With smiles and laughter, they talked about growing their ranch, about fires and rain and drought, about good harvests and not so good ones. Clearly, growing avocados is not for the faint of heart – for the Pinkerton’s though, it is about love – and a deep passion for growing the highest quality California avocados.
After brunch we headed to the groves for an opportunity to learn more about avocados… and to try our hand at picking them. After 4 or 5 tries I decided that being an avocado harvester was not in my future – it is much harder than it looks!
After numerous photo ops and numerous questions we were on our way to Mission Produce where the avocados are cleaned, sorted, packed and shipped. Dave Fausset, Sales Manager for Mission Produce, took our group on a tour of the packing facility. Once the avocados arrive from the groves, they are washed and chilled down in order to preserve the quality that growers like the Pinkerton’s work so hard to achieve. Once washed the avocados are sorted and packed…and now for a little secret. Have you ever wondered how it’s possible to find a perfectly ripe avocado for guacamole or for this Avocado, Tomato and Poached Egg Salad?
The “secret” is the “ripening” room – where avocados are kept for a few days to ripen before being shipped. So, you no longer have to plan days in advance to enjoy a California avocado – and considering how good they are, who doesn’t need a little instant gratification?
Like the Pinkerton’s, Mission Produce is just as obsessed with providing the highest quality California avocados. During our tour, I was struck by how immaculate the packing facility was and the care that was taken to insure the safety and quality of every avocado shipped to consumers. So, the question is “why buy a California avocado”? For me, the answer is easy. California avocados are grown and harvested under the highest quality and safety standards which makes these avocados not only delicious but easy to peel and eat so I know I am getting a terrific value for my money. But there is another reason. As my husband and I drove home from the tour and I told him about all I had seen and learned he looked at me and said ” From good people come good things”.. and California Avocados are definitely a “good thing”.
Want to see what some of the other bloggers had to say? Check out the blogs from some of my fellow tour mates!
Shockingly Delicious – California Avocado Season Begins Now
The Jolly Tomato – Real Food: Avocados from grove to grocery
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