The avocado is a climacteric fruit that ripens after it is harvested. The fruit needs to be picked when it is physiologically mature to ensure the avocado will continue to ripen properly. Mature fruit will develop varying tastes depending on the variety.
Background: Avocados have been around for thousands of years. They are native to Central America and Mexico where they were cultivated by early humans as far back as 500BC. The Hass variety takes its name from an American postal worker, Rudolph Hass,