When are avocados in season? In Mexico, always. Avocados From Mexico are available 365 days a year. It’s one of the reasons we’re #AlwaysGood. In fact, Mexico is one of the only places in the world where avocados can grow 365 days a year.
There’s no better place for avocados to grow than the Mexican state of Michoacán, home to more than 40,000 avocado orchards. Michoacán is basically magic for avocados; it has the perfect balance of sunshine and rainfall that avocados love, plus rich volcanic soil in the ground that gives avocado trees all the yummy nutrients they need to produce the produce you love.
But the real magic of Michoacán is its mountainous terrain. The orchards are planted up and down the mountainside at varying elevations, from 2,000 to 10,000 feet high. That’s a big difference in elevation, so each orchard has its own microclimate, and the temperatures vary throughout the year. The result is four unique avocado seasons, or what we call “blooms.”
The orchards rhythmically bloom from higher to lower elevations and then back again. The four blooms have distinct characteristics from one another, meaning there’s a continual, uninterrupted avocado harvest throughout the year. Although the blooms overlap, there’s plenty of time for harvesting: Depending on the elevation’s specific climate, avocados that are ready to be picked can survive on a tree for up to six months.
Let’s take a look at the four bloom cycles and learn what makes each one unique.
The magic of Michoacán is too good not to share. That’s why Mexico exports billions of pounds of their always-good avocados to the U.S. every year. Learn all about the avocado industry in our “Avocadoland” docuseries to see how we do it.
Where: Below 6,560 feet in June; everywhere in July-September.
The avocado season opens with a four-month avocado bloom cycle, starting in June at altitudes below 6,560 feet. During the loca bloom, things get loco: By July, nearly all the avocado trees in orchards everywhere are bursting with delicious, round avocados.
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Where: <5,250 feet September-October; 5,250-6,890 feet October-November; >6,890 feet in November.
The aventajada (“advantaged) bloom keeps avocados in season for the autumn months. Aventajada avocados have a longer, more pear-shaped body—one you’re familiar with if you enjoy avocados for Thanksgiving dinner.
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Where: 3,600-5,250 feet in September; <6,890 feet in October; everywhere in November-February.
It’s always a good time when avocados are in season, and the normal bloom is one of our favorite times. Stretching over a six-month period from September aaaaall the way to Big Game season in February, this is when the majority of avocados are produced.
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Where: <6,200 feet in March; 5,250-6,560 feet in April; 6,560-7,550 feet in May; 7,550-8,200 feet in June.
This cycle briefly overlaps with the loca bloom and has a very specific timeline for avocado harvesting. It’s a bit complicated, but leave that to our professional avocado farmers. They know what they’re doing—they’re making sure we can enjoy avocados all spring long (especially for Cinco de Mayo parties).
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