Pinkerton Avocado


Pinkerton is a Guatemala-type hybrid avocado variety, like Hass, and has fairly thick green, slightly pebbled skin which is easy to peel. Unlike Hass, the peel does not go black as the fruit ripens. A key characteristic is its elongated, pear-shape and small elongated seed. The pale green flesh has an excellent eating quality which is clean, refreshing and flavoursome without being creamy or nutty.

Ripening:   There needs to a slight ‘give’ to the flesh when gently pressurised. The green skin will darken very slightly but will not blacken. The flesh should be smooth and moist, with a refreshing pale green colouration. Fruit that have not matured properly on the tree will have a rather dry texture with an unpleasant mouthfeel.

Good Fruit Guide Rating: ****

Pinkerton is a great alternative to Hass.

Green & pebbly, slender, smooth.

Names: Pinkerton

Origin: The eponymous avocado was developed by a John D. Pinkerton in California. The variety was patented in 1972.

Grown in: California; Israel; South Africa

Harvest & Availability:

  • January: Israel
  • February: Israel
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  • June: South Africa
  • July: South Africa
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Pinkerton – South African Avocado Growers Association