How many ways do you know how to serve avocado?

Key points:

  • Avocados have been selling for below the cost of production due to oversupply
  • Farmers say prices are exceptionally bad this year
  • A shortage of pickers is also making it hard to get the fruit off the trees

This year an oversupply of avocados and a shortage of pickers has led some farmers to let their avocados rot on trees, while others have dumped them in pits.

In a bid to boost sales, SA Riverland-based avocado farmer Sarah Tucker-Boehm posted a different recipe everyday for a month to her social media account.

“I actually had more than 30 different recipes,” she said.

“I think I came up with 45 in total.

“Some were quick and easy like vegemite and avocado on toast and some were a little more complex like avocado chocolate mousse cake.”

aerial view of chocolat cake with red strawberries and blackberries on top

Avocado fudge cake was one of the recipes farmer Sarah Tucker-Boehm made.(Supplied: avo_farmers_wife)

The produce farmer and packer said with avocados selling below the cost of production she hoped her campaign would encourage people to buy more avocados.

“That’s good for the consumer because they’re getting good quality avocados at a very cheap price.

“That’s been particularly tough as you’re doing three times the work for the same amount of money as there is in a down year.”

Prices smashed 

A recent ANZ Agri Commodity report revealed that while vegetable prices had risen by 8 per cent in the past two years, the price of fruit had fluctuated.

Director of ANZ’s Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Insights Madeline Swan said globally there was an upward trend towards price increases in the produce market.

“The ability to find pickers has really weighed on farmers bottom line and that seems to be getting passed through to the retail prices in some instances,” Ms Swan said.

“And with freight rates going through the roof and there being a lack of freight coming into Australia it’s really pushed up prices.”

Two hands wearing wedding bands hold avocados.

Sarah Tucker-Boehm married into an avocado farming family in South Australia’s Riverland.(Supplied: Sarah Tucker-Boehm )

Support local growers 

Ms Tucker-Boehm said it had been disheartening to see imported avocados on supermarket shelves amid an overabundance of local produce.

“The reason we have foreign fruit in our markets is because in seasons where there isn’t as much fruit they pick up the slack because Australians eat a lot of avocados,” she said.

Her advice for consumers was to ask for domestic produce when shopping.

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