Harvesting avocados

We have a couple of avocado trees in our backyard. I knew nothing about them – when to pick the avocados (or even how – they’re really high up), when they’re ripe, etc… But thankfully Hadija, our house help, explained it all to me, so I have really been enjoying harvesting and eating them.

Of course, there are so many that I can’t possibly eat them all (as much as I’d like to!), so I had some friends over to pick some of their own.

This long, and quite heavy, bamboo pole is also used to knock mangoes down when they are in season.

It definitely takes a little practice!

Because they’re not yet ripe when you knock them down, they don’t bruise at all, even though they’re falling from a height of 15 to 20 feet.


After a few days of sitting on your counter, they ripen perfectly. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that these are, literally, the best avocados I’ve ever eaten!

2 thoughts on “Harvesting avocados

  1. It continues to be a joy to read each of your updates! And I love how much you teach me through each one! I had NO idea that avocado trees grew to be so high! How I would love an avocado tree in my yard!!

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