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A Guide To The New Avocado Variety: The Luna

Discover the Luna avocado - the new star in the world of avocados that's causing a stir among farmers and food enthusiasts alike. Its unique traits promise not just a taste sensation but a sustainable farming revolution. But what makes this avocado variety so special? Dive into our blog to unravel the secrets of Luna and how it's changing the way we think about this beloved fruit.

Published on 21/08/2023

Discover the Luna avocado - the new star in the world of avocados that's causing a stir among farmers and food enthusiasts alike. Its unique traits promise not just a taste sensation but a sustainable farming revolution. But what makes this avocado variety so special? Dive into our blog to unravel the secrets of Luna and how it's changing the way we think about this beloved fruit.

Published on 21/08/2023

A Guide To The New Avocado Variety: The Luna

Avocado lovers rejoice! There’s a new variety of the fruit on the block, and it’s called the Luna. In the ever-evolving world of avocado farming, farmers are constantly developing new varieties to meet the growing demand for this beloved fruit. The Luna avocado has quickly gained popularity for its unique characteristics and potential benefits for sustainable farming practices.

Avocado Farmers Seek New Varieties

Avocado farmers are always on the lookout for new a avocado breed that can offer improved traits and benefits. The Luna avocado is one such variety that has caught the attention of farmers and consumers alike. This new variety is believed to be more sustainable to grow and may have benefits for other avocado plants as well.

What Is The Luna Avocado Variety?

This patent-pending avocado, also known as BL516, was developed at the University of California Riverside (UCR) agricultural scientists Mary Lu Arpaia (a UC Cooperative Extension horticulturist based at UCR) and her colleague Eric Focht (a UCR staff research associate in the Botany and Plant Sciences Department in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences). The Luna avocado (trademark name) has a new look! It’s a pear-shaped new variety of avocado has great growing traits that are grown on a smaller tree and is easier to harvest compared to the dominant Hass breed. It was developed by researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), who officially released it to the world marketplace. The Luna avocado offers consumers great flavor, a rind that turns black at the exact window of ripeness, and high postharvest quality without the previous smoother peel.

Why Is The Luna Avocado Better For The Environment?

Did you know that the Luna avocado is not only delicious but also a superhero for the environment? Yes, you heard it right! Avocado production can have a negative impact on the environment, but the Luna avocado is here to save the day. With the help of agricultural sciences, the Luna plantations help create longer shelf life because it’s reliable storage quality. They can also travel longer distances without spoiling the avocados, reduce food waste and save the planet from unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. And that’s not all, the Luna avocado has a smaller seed, a smaller tree size, denser plantings, safer harvesting, and minimal pruning. They have more flesh than other varieties, which means it can produce more fruit per tree, reducing the need for additional land to be cleared for avocado production. So, when you enjoy a Luna avocado, know that you’re not only satisfying your taste buds but also doing your part in saving the environment. Go Luna avocado!

Where Can You Buy The Luna Avocado?

As this different fruit gains popularity, more and more places are starting to offer this new variety of avocados. While it may not be widely available as the Hass avocado and its creamy texture is just yet, it may be a little while until you can find the new avocado breed “Luna” in grocery stores. Keep an eye out for this exciting new variety and give it a try when you spot it.

Nutrition Information About The Luna Avocado

Avocados are known for their nutritional benefits, and the Luna avocado is no exception. Avocados are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are also cholesterol-free and contain antioxidants. The Luna avocado shares these nutritional qualities with other avocado varieties, making it a healthy addition to your diet.

How Do Luna Avocados Taste?

One of the most important aspects of any avocado variety is its taste. The Luna avocado is described as having great flavor, which is a key factor in its popularity. While taste can be subjective, many people enjoy the creamy and buttery texture of avocados, and the Luna variety is no different. It’s perfect for making guacamole, adding to salads, or simply enjoying on its own.

Meet Autocado, the Robot That Makes Guacamole Making a Breeze at Chipotle

Chipotle, the popular Mexican grill, has introduced a new robot called Autocado that can cut, core, and peel up to 25 pounds of ripe avocados at a time. Developed in partnership with a food automation company called Vebu, the robot is being tested at the Chipotle Cultivate Center in Irvine, California. Once the robot processes a case of fruit, a Chipotle team member takes the resulting bowl of avocado pieces, mashes them, and adds ingredients to whip up the restaurant’s guacamole. The Autocado prototype aims to streamline the avocado preparation process and significantly reduce guacamole prep time, leading to millions of dollars in annual food cost savings. With Autocado, Chipotle aims to increase avocado fruit yield by using less space, which can help reduce food waste and overall benefit the environment.

In conclusion, the Luna avocado is an exciting new variety that avocado enthusiasts should keep an eye out for. With its sustainable farming potential, great flavor, and unique characteristics, it’s no wonder that the Luna avocado is gaining popularity. According to Arpaia, it takes 15 to 20 years to bring a new avocado type to market. And it takes 3-5 years from planting a seed to growing the first fruit, so Lunas won’t be available at your local store for a while.

Written by Jay Santarossa

Jay Santarossa is a content creator that lives for everything art! Writing, playing music, illustrating and amateur filmmaking take up most of his time. A passionate foodie and lover of all things sushi, he eats for the experience and the fun, be he’s probably the worst food orderer on the planet.

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