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The avocado is a large evergreen tree of sub-tropical origin. The fruit are high in protein, fats (mono and polyunsaturated), several minerals and vitamins. The Guinness Book of Records lists the avocado as the most nutritious fruit in the world. It is suitable for infants through to the elderly and does not contain any cholesterol.
Avocado trees are quite adaptable, being grown from Kununurra in the north down to Albany in the south. They are being grown commercially in the south-west from Perth down to Pemberton and in Carnarvon. Avocado trees are frost susceptible, particularly when young, so they are best suited to frost free locations. They are also susceptible to wind damage, sunburn and salt spray.
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Harvesting, Handling, Storage, Irrigation, Crop establishment, Avocados, Pests, Crop production, Weeds, Plant diseases, Western Australia
Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Fruit Science | Horticulture | Weed Science
McCarthy, A. (2001), Avocado culture in Western Australia. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4484.