Just last year, we all panicked when it was reported that an upcoming avocado shortage would make them as expensive as caviar. This was all thanks to cartel violence, the California draught and water shortages in other avocado-growing areas.
It turns out the latest threat to our beloved avocados is the sweltering heat in the southern region of California. According to Grub Street, the region is responsible for producing nearly 90 percent of the country's avocados.
In a recent report on the devastation our treasured avocados may face, LA Times revealed,
Growers in Fallbrook, De Luz and Temecula reported record temperatures between 110 and 117 degrees, as well as 30-mile per hour winds -- a potentially devastating combination for avocado groves planted in sandy soil where the fierce winds can wick away moisture faster than the trees can absorb it.
Despite the fact that many of us may not actually be feeling the affects of an avocado shortage RIGHT NOW, these particular severe weather conditions put farmers, and their avocado groves, at great risk.
As a matter of fact, in addition to losing a number of avocado growth cycles to the California drought, many of the avocado farmers in the state's southern region have already reported that a number of their avocado groves have been scorched by high temperatures.
So, when would us avocado lovers actually feel the effects? The Times reports,
The biggest effect of last week's heat storm may be on next year's crop.
Avocado grower Jeanne Davis of Coyote Growers, who owns a 6-acre grow in Fallbrook, California, revealed,
We've been here for 25 years, and this has never happened before. There will probably be a minimal amount of avocados for next year because we think that some of the flowers didn't make it.
As for what she plans to do next, she says,
It'll be a little bit of a wait and see. What else can you do really?
I'm not sure about you, but I can't imagine a world without avocados...
Enjoy the good stuff while you can, but it's no secret that it's going to be a tough pill to swallow when you can't find guacamole anywhere within a 50-mile radius of your home.