Urban farmer Ava Scood explains all.
We partnered with Brooklyn-based urban rooftop farmer, Ava Scood, to see if we could grow a pitless avocado. Ava’s background in agricultural science meant she had both the biological knowhow and the green thumb for the challenge. By removing the pit at a very early stage of growth, Ava was able to sew the avocado back together using ultra-thin bark from the tree as twine. Remarkably, the avocado (still attached the tree) continued to grow as normal. And there you have it…guac isn’t extra anymore, kids!
“The power of plants is something very special,” Ava told us when we visited her greenhouse located above an abandoned Williamsburg warehouse. “You can cut them, damage them, and literally almost kill them, but if they remain in the soil and have access to sunlight and water, they will continue to grow.”
Ava has been interested in attempting to grow fruit without seeds since childhood. “One of my earliest memories is of eating an orange when I was five or six and thinking how great it’d be if I didn’t have to deal with the seeds.”
Since that fateful day some 30-something years ago, Ava has dedicated her life to experimentation in growing, which comes with a lot of trial and error. Indeed, Ava spent three-and-a-half (literally fruitless) years attempting to grow a pitless peach. And then there was the unsuccessful attempt at a cherry without a stone. No luck. On the verge of giving up for good, Ava decided to give it one more try, this time with avocados. Bingo!
“The reason it worked with avocados is that their tough outer skin makes them incredibly resilient,” Ava says. “In many ways, it’s like human skin. You can cut it open and it will repair itself and continue to grow like normal.”
Now the science is out of the way, it’s time to get down to business: How do they taste? Creamy and buttery with a subtly smooth sweetness, or in a word, delicious! But best of all, they’re 100% organic, locally grown in the northeast, and are available all year round. Plus, you get up to 37.3% more avocado!
Buy pitless avocados here.
Check out our top 38 avocado recipes here.
Still not convinced? Watch the pitless avocado in action: