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Local avocados get nod for sale to mainland

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:42 a.m. HST, Sep 11, 2013

Guacamole connoisseurs around the U.S. will soon have a new domestic avocado to try — not from California or Florida, but Hawaii.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing its rules for Hawaii growers to allow them to ship Sharwil avocados to 32 mainland U.S. states between November and March.

According to a USDA rule scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, the shipments will help give shoppers an option to buy domestic avocados during winter months, when most grocery stores stock avocados from Mexico instead.

President Tom Benton of the Hawaii Avocado Association says growers, mostly on the Big Island and Maui, produce roughly 1 million pounds of the fruit each year, but until now have only been able to sell within the state.

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lokela wrote:
Nothing but the best.
on September 11,2013 | 11:49AM
1local wrote:
on September 11,2013 | 02:37PM
Skyler wrote:
Was thinking the exact same thing.
on September 11,2013 | 10:20PM
Kuokoa wrote:
Low about selling them here at a lower price?
on September 11,2013 | 12:51PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
To get the lowest price buy direct from farmers. Farmers markets have mostly local grown foods.
on September 11,2013 | 07:08PM
OregonRedRaider wrote:
whoo hooo....the dang avocados from Mexico is so manini, small kine...you need 4 of um to equal one that use to grow in my back yard in Hawaii,...cant wait.
on September 11,2013 | 01:02PM
Newman wrote:
Irradiated...like papaya?
on September 11,2013 | 01:09PM
1local wrote:
avocado does not need to be irradiated - one of the safest foods...
on September 11,2013 | 02:38PM
kuroiwaj wrote:
Outstanding. Pls have the farmers control the quality of their fruits and they can develop a solid and profitable market. BUT, here comes the GMO crowd to destroy another agricultural market.
on September 11,2013 | 03:53PM
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