HAVE YOU EVER A SEEDLESS AVOCADO? Early this year we have had the chance to offer seedlings for the DOMINGO’S SEEDLESS HEIRLOOM AVOCADOS. The offer was for 2 seedlings with a third free—if you are willing to wait until summer for the farmers to make sure that the seedlings survive the hot summer months. Summer has come and gone and we were able to deliver the two seedlings as promised, with the third one coming this August. 150 members signed up the offer on the basis of a single picture of a seedless avocado cut open to show that it really had no seed. Would you sign up to get your avocado seedlings if we showed you the actual mother tree and described to you how the actual seedless avocado looks and tastes like? Here are the videos. We are able to get 200 seedlings more and if you are willing to wait until August, max September, you can have some.

THE STORY OF DOMINGO’S SEEDLESS HEIRLOOM AVOCADOS. The way unique citrus orange varieties are propagated in Nueva Vizcaya, the Citrus Capital of the Philippines, requires dedication and half the years you have left in this life. This is not something you dial in today and receive in a convenient package within 48 hours—or your money back. Through a process of selective elimination in between long periods of waiting—months, even years—that final variety with all the desired qualities shines on the bush like Eden’s bright golden apple. Sweet plus juicy, sweet plus an extra-ordinary resistance to pests, sweet and fast-growing, or bless the hand that is able to do it, all of the above. While some families pass on jewels and diamonds to the next generation as a symbol of patriarchal foresight and assiduousness, farmer families pass on that one special variety of fruit to the next generation. A treasured family heirloom to be guarded close. THE FARMER FAMILY. That thing with oranges, the Umali family, incredibly did with avocados. I mean, oranges you can improve on but avocados? It’s perfect, fruit God’s sake, what is there to improve on? Well the late Domingo Umali, a public school teacher, had this brilliant idea one day in 1960 to create the perfect avocado. With no formal training in agriculture, living in a time when “Google” was a numeric term and not a search engine, he taught himself grafting first by working with easy calamansi and later with the more challenging mango. This weird, wonderful avocado was his life’s work, completed towards the end. Fruit long like cucumbers (“the better to scoop you up, my dear”), fruit sweet like there’s honey in there (“the better to diet with you, my dear”), ond fruit that’s extra maligat (viscous), because why not dear? Domingo succeeded in putting these three qualities together after several attempts over several decades—Domingo managed a fourth, final, fantastic quality that makes this variety truly inheritable. TWO YEARS TO FRUIT after you get it, guaranteed. Because we all cannot live or wait forever, can we? This is the avocado of avocados! BUT CAN YOU WAIT A LITTLE BIT THOUGH? The next generation Umali family, Domingo’s son, the late Noel Umali and his daughter May-an, have graciously agreed to make a limited number of grafts on a few of their patriarch’s mother tree. We’ll have to wait though because they have to carefully nurture the seedlings until August. All good things, including amazing seedless avocados, come to those who are willing to wait.

Would you like some of DOMINGO’S SEEDLESS HEIRLOOM AVOCADO SEEDLINGS? We have 200 seedlings coming in August 2021, latest September 2021, when the seedlings push out at a least 6 leaves to ensure that they will survive. (New knowledge!) This a tree you will be proud of, an heirloom that you can pass on to the next generation the way the Umalis have.

The offer is three (3) seedlings, given at the same time, pay only P2,000. We have only 60 lots available. Watch the video. The mother tree is 3 years old, see how tall it has grown in so short a time! It gave fruit on its second year. This is the second fruiting. After this offer, there will be no more. We shall plant the rest at Camp Mingan to be Rural Rising’s signature crop.

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