After 5 months of waiting, the SEEDLESS AVOCADO SEEDLINGS are finally coming. They have survived the summer and if you are ready for them, so are they! Dispatch will be on Saturday, June 12, 2021.Let us show you what the seedlings look like (first picture). And this is what a two year old tree looks like (second picture). And finally, these are the fruits.
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DOMINGO’S HEIRLOOM AVOCADOS. How apt the name they gave this town, Villa Verde, translated as “green or fertile estate”. This is where we found out about the seedless avocado. How surprised Andie and I were to see our members go crazy over two photos yesterday. It was like watching a count-up timer on the reactions (flick, flick, flick, it’s 600 now and still flicking), the flood of comments (close to 100 now), and dozens of private messages asking if they can have a seedling of this avocado. Obviously you guys like avocados, especially the weird looking ones. So the answer is “Yes, we are happy to give.” But the question is “Are you willing to wait?”
THE STORY OF THESE 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!
SNAP BUY: DOMINGO’S SEEDLESS AVOCADO SEEDLINGS. We have a few extra seedlings to sell and we are looking for a few Rural Rising members to take them home, no need to wait five months like everyone else did. The price is P2,000 for 3 seedlings.
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