Holy guacamole! World's largest avocado to go on sale at Tesco - Avozilla is five times the size of standard variety
- Giant fruit will go on sale in Tesco stores this weekend
- It is almost five inches long and weighs about 1.3 kilograms
- They will cost £3 each
Quick! Somebody fetch the nachos.
Well. Make that several bags of nachos. Meet the Avozilla – a monster avocado that is five times heavier than its rather more modestly proportioned cousin.
At 3lb, it could make enough guacamole to feed an army. Or at least a very hungry family.
Super-sized: Tesco buyer Emma Bonny shows how large an avozilla is compared to a standard avocado
And once you have scooped out the flesh, the extra thick skin can be used as a bowl for all that dip.
The Avozilla is grown only on trees belonging to one of the world's biggest suppliers of avocados in South Africa.
The fruit is double the length and five times the weight of the standard variety, measuring seven-and-a-half inches.
It goes on sale today at Tesco, for £3.
The supermarket's salad buyer, Emma Bonny, said: 'The Avozilla has a fantastic taste with a rich, juicy, buttery texture, and creamy flavour.
Feed the family: The avozilla costs £3 and dwarves this egg and standard avocado
The avozilla is almost five inches long and weighs about 1.3 kilograms on average and will go on sale for £3
'The ripe fruit is an attractive vivid green colour – different from the darker-coloured smaller variety – and its thick skin can actually be used as a serving bowl for guacamole.
'Avocados are full of nutrients and vitamins, and by stocking these big varieties, we're making it easier than ever before for our customers to eat healthily.
'We believe the Avozilla will appeal to shoppers who are looking for value for money, but especially large families.'
Once a comparatively niche food, avocados have become an everyday shopping basket favourite. She explained: 'Avocados are one of our fastest-growing areas in produce, with a staggering 30 per cent growth so far this year.'
Hitting the UK: The rare giant fruit is grown in South Africa and will go on sale in Tesco from this weekend
Make the most of your avozilla with this guacamole recipe
• 3 spring onions
• 1 large tomato
• 1 avozilla
• 2tbsp crème fraîche
Finely chop the spring onions. De-seed the tomato and chop into small pieces. Puree the avozilla, this is best done by forcing it through a fine metal sieve. Stir the crème fraîche into the avozilla then fold in the chopped tomatoes and spring onions. Serve with corn chips or, for a healthy option, with carrots, cucumber or crudités or spooned into little gem lettuce leaves.
Hiten A. Raja