SlimCado, the tropical avocado
What is the SlimCado? It’s a tropical avocado that naturally has up to half the fat and a third fewer calories than the hass avocado. SlimCados are a different branch on the avocado family tree. They’d have to be, they’re grown in very humid climates, not dry climates like the hass.
NOT GMO: SlimCados are NOT GMO. For over 95 years, Brooks Tropicals has grown SlimCados.
Why the label? These avocados can be 3 to 4 times larger than the hass avocado. Sometimes it’s thought to be a large hass avocado. Since 1984 the label has helped us say: this is not a hass avocado. It’s a lighter tasting avocado that naturally has less fat and fewer calories.
Taste: Light texture with a sweet, buttery taste. Some varieties have a nutty flavor to them.
Selection: A fruit that yields slightly to gentle pressure is ready for chopping. With more give, it may be ready for mashing, as in guacamole.
Is it ripe? This tropical avocado’s skin remains green and yields to gentle pressure when ripe. It does not turn black.More on ripening…. There are two exceptions to this rule the Hardee and the Beneke avocados. Hardee turns red and the Beneke turns dark green.
In the know
From field to table, SlimCado
A quick look at this tropical avocado we grow in the Caribbean and some ideas for how to enjoy its light buttery taste. This avocado has a nutritional punch that’s a great help in leading a healthy lifestyle.
This tropical avocado has only 276 calories per cup. As the name more than hints, this avocado naturally has less fat and fewer calories. It is not a super large hass avocado. Like all avocados, SlimCados carry a nutritional punch. Read more…
Is it ripe?
Must knows about SlimCados…
– Don’t refrigerate until ripe!
– It ripens green.*
Give it a gentle squeeze. If it gives a little it’s ready for salads and slicing. If it gives a lot, it’s ready for guacamole. More…
Our SlimCado groves
Our tropical avocado’s year starts in early spring. Early harvesting avocado trees start losing their leaves but quickly burst into flowers with red leaves growing in behind them. The leaves turn green and the flowers burst into fruit (with a lot of work and luck). Click below to see how the seasons turn for a SlimCado.
The label will tell you if it’s GMO
If a fruit or vegetable IS genetically modified, the number (not the barcode number) on the label will have 5 digits and it will start with 8.
A 4-digit number means the produce is conventionally grown, like our SlimCado.
A 5-digit number beginning with 9 would mean it’s organic.
Ancient farming method survives
As far back as Egyptian times, farmers have refreshed a grove of fruit trees by grafting. An old tree is cut back and a young tree’s branch bounded (grafted) to the old tree’s trunk. See how and why it’s done.
Tips on opening this avocado
Two reasons to take some a bit more effort in cutting open a SlimCado
- Makes for prettier slices and dices
- A SlimCado half makes a great dish for almost any dish, including serving dishes for guacamole or a bowl for a creamy salad scooped inside.
Beyond the guac and toast!
Enjoy SlimCados or any avocado in sandwiches, bar-be-ques, salads, entrees and so much more. 9 new ways of enjoying this tropical avocado. And with a SlimCado the avocado half can be the bowl!
These tropical avocados are perfect sliced into salads, diced to top soups or mashed and added to scrambled eggs. From breakfast to dinner, beverage to dessert, snack to simply enjoying with a slice of lime, SlimCados are a great treat. Check out our recipes…