Avocado season was much expected by importers in Russia and during the first 2 weeks of the crop the prices were high.
Reports from the very first shipment of Ettinger variety showed that some growers had quality problems – the life of the fruit was much shorter than expected. Second shipment, a week later showed the very same problems and this caused the market prices to collapse below at-the-field prices.
For my opinion, there are two reasons for poor quality of avocado this year: first, the exporters were in a hurry to get as much and as many smaller sizes as possible. By the time of the first two shipments, the smallest sizes were simply not ready yet for export – they didn’t pick up enough fat that keeps the avocado firm. Second reason is I think weather conditions in the end of the summer – a long heat wave that affected a lot of fruits. It caused even hard avocados with correct amounts of fat to start ripen quicker than they should. Although this affected only some of trees, it was very widespread, affecting basically any farmer.
Now all eyes are on Pinkerton variety, that will be available toward the second half of November. Fuerte, that starts a few weeks before Pinkerton isn’t very successful on the Russian market.