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CTMIAMI

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Gem Avocado
« on: May 15, 2013, 09:08:10 AM »
Has any body seen a Gem Avocado fruit or tree for sale anywhere? It is a patented variety of the University of California.

The Tree and the Fruit
From the extensive plantations for testing carried out primarily in California and South Africa, it is known that avocado GEM is produced in a semi-compact shaped tree. The GEM typically grows in the inside of the tree, mostly in clusters, protecting the fruit from sunburn and wind damage. The tree's growth is compact, making it easier to manage, especially for plantations with high density. Also GEM avocado trees are less likely to "toggle" than Hass trees. This variety has favorable distribution sizes, being slightly larger than 'Hass'. Its skin changes from dark green to an attractive dark purple-black when ripe. With respect to the final quality of the fruit, an independent tasting panel in the United Kingdom called GEM avocado a eating better organoleptic quality than that in Hass.   
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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013, 04:26:24 PM »
Carlos, Brokaw Nursery has an even newer Hass variety, called "Hass Carmen."  Have you seen it on their website?
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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2013, 04:39:27 PM »
This is the first time that I learn about it, noticeable good qualities and a lot of potential. If I learn anything new, you'll be the first to know.
'Virtue', learn/teach/propagate it, you'll save others and yourself.

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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2013, 05:10:26 PM »
Carlos, Brokaw Nursery has an even newer Hass variety, called "Hass Carmen."  Have you seen it on their website?
Yes I have seen it but nearly impossible to get one
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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 01:25:23 PM »
Jack you are in So. California can you get this tree?
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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2013, 02:11:05 PM »
Actually Carlos, I'm in central CA between LA and SF. Nice rural area in the tourist destinations of Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, etc.  But, headed down Monday to Santa Barbara/Ventura area and will check out nurseries for the Gem and Hass-Carmen.  These two, along with Sir Prize, are patented so I'll get back to you.

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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2013, 02:48:30 PM »
Actually Carlos, I'm in central CA between LA and SF. Nice rural area in the tourist destinations of Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, etc.  But, headed down Monday to Santa Barbara/Ventura area and will check out nurseries for the Gem and Hass-Carmen.  These two, along with Sir Prize, are patented so I'll get back to you.

Brokaw is Wholesale Only.  But they open at 7 AM on Monday so they could probably tell you what nurseries in Santa Barbara and Ventura carry their trees.  805-647-2262.
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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2013, 03:09:39 PM »
Actually Carlos, I'm in central CA between LA and SF. Nice rural area in the tourist destinations of Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, etc.  But, headed down Monday to Santa Barbara/Ventura area and will check out nurseries for the Gem and Hass-Carmen.  These two, along with Sir Prize, are patented so I'll get back to you.
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 I have been in the area of Hearst Castle, beautiful country.
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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2013, 08:13:48 PM »
Actually Carlos, I'm in central CA between LA and SF. Nice rural area in the tourist destinations of Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, etc.  But, headed down Monday to Santa Barbara/Ventura area and will check out nurseries for the Gem and Hass-Carmen.  These two, along with Sir Prize, are patented so I'll get back to you.

I've been told that most of the Carmen's are sold to avocado farmers. Very few goes to the public.

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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2013, 04:40:13 PM »
Actually, after talking with Brokaw today, the Hass Carmens are under contract to Westfalia who are planting them in many parts of the world.  As to the wholesale quantity, it is 21 trees to growers with some allowance to previous clients.  Brokaw will not have any GEM nor Hass Carmen available until Spring 2014.  I decided to not have either in my avocado collection as they are patented and it would be difficult to avoid sharing scions with others.  Hank Brokaw helped me set up my citrus many years ago with advice on rootstocks in our dune sand soil (citrange) and provided most of my citrus trees.  They have always been great with help and information.  And...Brokaw's stock is far superior to others, bar none.  Good rootstock, care, excellent genes pay off.

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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2013, 04:44:48 PM »

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Re: Gem Avocado
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2014, 12:15:48 PM »
Recently had a number of GEM avocados. Taste was excellent. Like Hass but with a hint of something that makes it a bit stronger (bitterness?). I prefer Hass, but the GEM is quite good.

Interestingly, 3 of them had pits that were already split and a root growing out along the surface of the pit. Fast germinating.

 

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