Hawaiian Avocados Coming to a Supermarket Near You

The ban on Sharwil avocados has been lifted

Sharwil avocados are larger, rounder, and firmer than Hass avocados.

For those who are looking for a new type of avocado to eat, or would prefer to buy domestic instead of Mexican avocados during the winter months, you’ve now got a new option: Sharwil avocados, which grow in Hawaii, have been approved for shipment to the mainland United States, and will be showing up in supermarkets in 32 states and Washington, D.C. in November. 

According to The Associated Press, Big Island and Maui growers usually harvest around 1 million pounds of the fruit each year, but it’s always been sold only in Hawaii. Now it will be sold in the U.S. from November to March, and will be an opportunity to introduce another major cash crop to the state while giving mainlanders the chance to try something they probably haven’t before.

The Sharwil avocado is larger and rounder than a Hass avocado, which you’re most likely used to, and is hard to the touch even when ripe. They’ve been effectively banned since 1992, when fruit fly larvae was found in a shipping house in Hawaii, and it’s been proven that the fruits are actually poor fruit fly hosts.


So for all you avocado lovers out there, be on the lookout for a new arrival at a supermarket near you!