The South African Avocado season extends from mid-March to September. Due to climatic variability between growing regions, most of the major cultivars are available over an extended period during the season. For example, ‘Fuerte’ is harvested from mid-March to May in the northern regions, and is harvested in July and August in KwaZulu-Natal.
Approximately 70% of the trees produced by avocado nurseries are ‘Hass’ and the remaining 30% is comprised mostly of ‘Fuerte’, ‘Ryan’ and ‘Pinkerton’. These trees are mainly being used to replace old orchards, but there are also some completely new orchards being planted.