All about the SlimCado avocado

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What is a SlimCado?  An avocado that naturally has up to half the fat and a third fewer calories than the hass avocado. SlimCados are a different branch on the avocado family tree. They’d have to be, they’re grown in very humid climates, not dry climates like the hass.

NOT GMO: SlimCados NOT GMO. For over 95 years, Brooks Tropicals has grown SlimCados.

Why the label? These avocados can be 3 to 4 times larger than the hass avocado. Sometimes it’s thought to be a large hass avocado.  Since 1984 the label has helped us say:  this is not a hass avocado. It’s a lighter tasting avocado that naturally has less fat and fewer calories.

Taste: Light texture with a sweet, buttery taste. Some varieties have a nutty flavor to them.

Selection: A fruit that yields slightly to gentle pressure is ready for chopping. With more give, it may be ready for mashing, as in guacamole.

Is it ripe? The SlimCado’s skin remains green and yields to gentle pressure when ripe. It does not turn black.More on ripening…. There are two exceptions to this rule the Hardee and the Beneke avocados. Hardee turns red and the Beneke turns dark green.

Season: Year-round

Big in size. Big in a light buttery taste.
Big in size. Big in a light buttery taste.
SlimCado hanging out in the summer's heat
SlimCado hanging out in the summer's heat

In the know

Tips and hints on enjoying our SlimCados
Tips and hints on enjoying our SlimCados

From field to table, SlimCado

A quick look at this Florida avocado, where we grow it, and some ideas for how to enjoy its light buttery taste. This avocado has a nutritional punch that’s a great help in leading a healthy lifestyle.

Nutritious and delicious
Nutritious and delicious

Nutrition

Avocado nutrition with only 275 calories for a full cup of SlimCado.

But there’s more. Considering what you should be eating in your daily diet, one cup of this avocado delivers a whopping

  • 67% of vitamin C
  • 31% of vitamin E
  • 20% of folate
  • 23% of potassium
  • 52% or 12 grams of fiber
A SlimCado with another week or so to grow
A SlimCado with another week or so to grow

Our SlimCado groves

Our avocado’s year starts in early spring. Early harvesting avocado trees start losing their leaves but quickly burst into flowers with red leaves growing in behind them. The leaves turn green and the flowers burst into fruit (with a lot of work and luck). Click below to see how the seasons turn for a SlimCado.

It's a big avocado
It's a big avocado

It’s a big avocado

A SlimCado can be 3 to 4 times larger than a hass avocado. It weighs, on average, 1.5 lbs.

A lot of bang for your avocado buck and taste.

Is it ripe?

Don’t refrigerate before it’s ripe! Let this avocado stay out on the kitchen counter as it ripens.
This avocado stays green as it ripens.  Give it a gentle squeeze. If it gives a little it’s ready for salads and slicing. If it gives a lot, it’s ready for guacamole. More…

A branch from another tree grafted on
A branch from another tree grafted on

Ancient farming method survives

As far back as Egyptian times, farmers have refreshed a grove of fruit trees by grafting. An old tree is cut back and a young tree’s branch bounded (grafted) to the old tree’s trunk. See how and why it’s done.

Different shapes, different sizes
Different shapes, different sizes

Different shapes, different sizes

Want a show-stopping bowl? Serve your SlimCado guac, dip, salad or dish in this avocado’s skin. It’s easy, just a few tips to get the right shape.

How to tell if it's GMO
How to tell if it's GMO

The label will tell you if it’s GMO

If a fruit or vegetable IS genetically modified, the number (not the barcode number) on the label will have 5 digits and it will start with 8.

A 4-digit number means the produce is conventionally grown, like our SlimCado.

A 5-digit number beginning with 9 would mean it’s organic.

Our avocado groves
Our avocado groves

It’s not easy growing SlimCados

Just south of Miami and just before you hit the keys is an agricultural area called the Redlands. Brooks has been growing SlimCados here for over 95 years. Some of the trees are over 40 years old.

The subtropical heat and the humidity can produce some severe weather. Hurricane Andrew, for example, blew over 75% of our trees. Set back up straight, we were able to save 90% of them.  The trees were so stressed out that it took 20 years to come back to pre-Andrew harvests.

Now a beetle threatens the trees. With no-known predators, this insect burrows into the tree and deposits fungus that prevents the tree’s water coming up from its roots. The tree dies, top down.

Every disaster, every infestation, even suburban sprawl threatens our groves. Brooks shows that we’ve always come back strong, but we never forget what we went through. And we’re grateful for still being able to grow SlimCados.

Enjoy without a recipe in sight
Enjoy without a recipe in sight

My SlimCado’s turning RED!

Don’t panic, you have a Hardee avocado. It’s a SlimCado variety that turns a bit red as it ripens.

Enjoy without a recipe in sight
Enjoy without a recipe in sight

My SlimCado’s turning dark green!

You have a Beneke avocado. It’s a SlimCado variety that turns dark green as it ripens. Still give it a gentle squeeze to see if it’s ripe.

A third wash, why not
A third wash, why not

Wash all avocados, FDA says

Follow the FDA guidelines, but we want you to know that for SlimCados that will be the third wash. Just showing how important food safety is to us.

Use the shell as a bowl
Use the shell as a bowl

Guac and bowl!

SlimCados vary in shape and in size from six to thirteen inches long. They can have smooth or bumpy green skin. Sometimes the variety that we’re harvesting is one that turns red.

Any shape or size, SlimCado delivers a great light taste.

Don't stop with the guac!
Don't stop with the guac!

Think beyond the guac!

SlimCados are perfect sliced into salads, diced to top soups or mashed and added to scrambled eggs. From breakfast to dinner, beverage to dessert, snack to simply enjoying with a slice of lime, SlimCados are a great treat. Ideas for

Smoothies
Toppings and spreads
Appetizers and sides
Soups
Salads 
Entrees
Desserts
and Breakfasts

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