The darling of chefs, domestic goddesses and foodie fanatics, the GEM® avocado delivers an outstanding eating experience.
GEM® is slightly ovoid in shape with a green skin, which turns blackish-purple when ripe. The flesh has a creamy texture with a superior taste. The relatively thick skin allows the flesh to be easily scooped out..
GEM® is a protected avocado cultivar that can only be grown and traded under licence.
What’s not to love about GEM®?
The GEM® avocado’s smooth flesh has a creamy, melt-in-the-mouth texture, and slightly sweet taste with a subtle nutty aroma. Other great features include GEM®’s thicker skin, which allows the flesh to be easily scooped out with a spoon.
The darling of chefs, domestic goddesses and foodie fanatics, the GEM® avocados provides a remarkable eating experience. Its versatility makes it ideal for use in recipes ranging from the ubiquitous avocado toast to exotic entrées, magnificent mains and the most delectable of creamy desserts.
GEM ® is currently farmed by an elite group of licensed growers throughout the world. The fruit is hand-picked to ensure it remains in optimal condition.
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GEM® is a protected avocado cultivar that can only be grown and traded under licence. Westfalia’s research division, Westfalia Technological Services (WTS) holds the world-wide Master Licence for the production of GEM®, as well as the exclusive right to trade GEM® into the EU, the USA and Japan. GEM® is licensed exclusively to WTS by the University of California, USA.
GEM® tends to flower prolifically and is a precocious and consistent bearer. It is believed that due to slower oil accumulation, GEM® fruit can hang much longer on the tree without compromising fruit quality. Also, GEM® takes 4-6 weeks longer to reach the traditional maximum legal moisture content for the export of Hass fruit. This stretches the supply of top-quality locally grown avocados closer to year-round.
- Late maturing: 4 weeks later than Hass
- Consistent bearer: Yield better than Hass
- Good fruit size: Slightly larger than Hass
- High-yielding, compact trees: High crop loads from an easily-managed tree
- Excellent post-harvest fruit quality: On par with Hass
- Processing: Can be processed into guacamole
Join the GEM® Grower Association
After several years of evaluating the cultivar in its own orchards, WTS has established a closed GEM® Grower Association. Contact Theo Bekker (WTS Operational Manager, Southern Africa, firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions regarding Grower Associations.