Forget the Wildcat formation and screen pass plays; Super Bowl fans will be passing the guacamole in big numbers Feb. 5, cheering for the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots and looking for good wines to swill.
From coast to coast, fans are expected to devour around 104 million pounds of Hass avocados during Super Sunday, according to the Hass Avocado Board. With that many green globes, a football field, measuring the same Houston’s NRG Stadium, could be covered end zone to end zone in over 40 feet of guacamole. That would require a pretty hefty chip to scoop that bowl.
To meet this demand, Hass avocado growers are gearing up for the peak period that will outscore Cinco de Mayo and other holidays.
A spicy zinfandel could stand up to the velvety guacamole or perhaps a sassy sangiovese could pucker your taste buds. But try a a chilled sauvignon blanc if you tilt toward the white wines. But, don’t wait until kickoff to swill and sip.
But, back to the avocado story: It wasn’t easy selling the nation on the benefits of the exotic fruit. The first carload of California avocadoes was shipped to New York in January of 1927 and a sales report stated, “The Eastern market doesn’t want black fruit.”
But avocados growers persisted and today there are about 50,000 acres of avocado groves between Monterey and the San Diego border and 4,000 growers California is the nation’s leader in avocado production.
What if you want to whip up a batch of guacamole and the fruit is not ripe?
No problem. Simply place avocados in a paper bag with an apple for two to three days at room temperature. When they darken and yield to gentle pressure, they are ready.
Enjoy the game!