Sept. 11, 2020
Sept. 1, 2020
Avocados must have a minimum of 21% dry matter (page 4 of https://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trade/agr/standard/standard/fresh/FFV-Std/English/42_Avocados.pdf) before they can be harvested to meet consumer tastes. The ideal dry matter content, however, varies. It depends on the variety, season, and region where the avocado is cultivated. The dry matter content for different varieties and regions are:
So while 23% is the optimum in most parts of the world, avocados in New Zealand are immature if harvested with 23% of dry matter. They need to have 24% of dry matter. These standards are set by the government and closely monitored.