The ‘Hass’ avocado received its name from Rudolph Hass, a postman in Whittier, California, USA. In the 1920s, Rudolph Hass planted an avocado tree in his yard. The variety’s development was almost an accident: Hass planned to cut the tree down after he was unable to successfully graft other varieties to the tree. According to the California Avocado Commission, the children of Rudolph Hass insisted the tree remain, for they liked the avocados better than the avocados from the family’s ‘Fuerte’ tree.
Even today Hass Avocados continue to surpass Fuerte and all other varieties as the preferred export avocado. Although Hass Avocado was well-suited to southern climates only, Total Exotics now offers a year-round program with Hass Avocado including a strong contingency program to enable to ripen the best quality by using products of the middle of the seasons. By doing so, we control continuous high quality of our ripened and packed products. The rich, nutty flavor originally has persisted as ‘Hass’ cultivars were improved for cultivation in Spain and Israel, as well as in various southern hemisphere production areas.
Besides the highest quality of the Hass variety, there are still markets driven by greenskin avocados. Therefor, Total Exotics drives year-round availability of greenskin avocados as well.