Locally Grown California Avocados – A Seasonal Sensation

California is known for many things. Warm beaches, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and our laid-back attitude, but many tend to forget about our dreamy avocados. 

At Stater Bros. Markets, we’re always happy to bring you the freshest California Avocados. Throughout the spring and summer seasons, these avocados travel just a short distance to reach our stores – ensuring that you get the freshest avocados around. Sourced directly from local San Diego County groves, we are proud to provide fresh, sustainably farmed avocados from growers like Chuck Bandy from Escondido. 

Meet the Passion Behind the Avocado

Chuck Bandy

California Avocado growers, like Escondido-based Chuck Bandy, supply our stores with premium avocados throughout the California Avocado growing season that begins from the start of spring and continues on to the end of summer.

Chuck is among the about 3,000 California Avocado growers who nurture these mighty green fruits and the land every step of the way. This uncompromising dedication to quality and freshness ensures that the rich avocado taste we all love is in each slice.

Many of the growers who supply our stores with fresh California Avocados come from multigenerational families of growers. As a multigenerational farmer, Chuck, who was born and raised in Escondido, grew up learning and observing the craft of farming from his father. This unwavering commitment to quality and freshness shines through in every perfectly ripe avocado. He later joined the business in the 1970s, and has remained a hands-on manager since then, preferring to spend his time among the trees in his groves than anywhere else.

California Avocado

Ready to unlock a world of creamy California avocado goodness? Head to Stater Bros. today and experience the taste of sunshine!

Celebrating Avocado Season

Chuck’s second favorite place to be is in the kitchen, cooking up new ways to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Although he – along with many growers – will tell you their favorite way to enjoy an avocado is sliced and seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. They will also tell you that there are many ways to enjoy this unique and delicious produce. 

The avocado is an incredibly versatile fruit – yes, avocados are a fruit. Whether mashed for guacamole, enjoyed as a toast topper, added to smoothies, grilled for summer dishes, or used as a satisfying substitute for other fats in baking or cooking, California Avocados are something to be celebrated and enjoyed.

Pro Tips and Tricks to Avocados

By now, we’re hoping you’re as much of a fan of this incredible fruit as we are. So, let’s dive a little deeper with this fun and handy guide all about avocados! 

Although commonly thought of and classified as a vegetable, avocados are considered a fruit because they meet the botanical criteria for a berry: fleshy pulp and large seed.

The easiest way is to gently squeeze it in the palm of your hand. Ripe, ready-to-eat avocados will yield to gentle pressure.

To accelerate the ripening process, place the avocado in a paper bag with an apple, banana or kiwi for 2­5 days at room temperature. Alternately, ripe, uncut fruit, can be stored in the refrigerator for 2–3 days to hold it within the ripening stage longer.

With the fruit flat on a cutting board, quarter the avocado by carefully cutting it in half lengthwise around the seed; then, rotate the avocado ¼ turn and cut lengthwise around the seed, creating ¼ avocado segments. Separate the quarters to seamlessly remove the pit with your fingertips. See how it’s done here.

Sprinkle with lemon juice, lime juice or white vinegar, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. To store guacamole, place in an airtight container and press clear plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole before covering to help prevent oxidation, then refrigerate.

Yes, California avocados are a heart-healthy superfood. And one serving 1/3 (50g) has just 80 calories and so much more.

So, what are you waiting for? Head down to your local Stater Bros. and stock up on these California-grown beauties! With their exceptional freshness, endless culinary possibilities, and heart-healthy benefits, California Avocados are the perfect way to add a touch of California sunshine to every meal. 

Visit your local Stater Bros. Markets store today!