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Avocados first arrived in Australia in 1840 and were planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney. It was not until the late 1960's when a developing Australian industry began to take shape (Avocados Australia). Queensland is the largest producer of avocados in Australia, yielding more than 33 000 tonnes in 2006–07. The gross value of avocado production in Queensland was approximately $70 million in 2008 (DPI Queensland), and the industry is only continuing to grow.

There have been a number of varieties of avocados grown in Australia, including; Sharwil, Edranol, Hazzard, Pinkerton, Gwen, Fuerte, Wurtz, Reed, Shepard and Hass. The strongest and most common of these varieties is the Hass fruit. Other varieties that are commonly grown are; Shepards, Reeds and the Wurtz, all of these are green skinned, meaning that when they ripen the skin will remain green in colour. These three varieties provide a constant supply of green skins through the market during the season in Australia. Hass on the other hand turns black when ripe which consumers seem to like as a visual aid to when the fruit is ready to eat.

Avocado orchards are currently found in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania (Avocados Australia). This broad area of production has allowed the industry to continue a steady supply of fruit for 8 to 10 months of the year.
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