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The Great Daily Avocado Auction

GIANT avocados are to be auctioned off for food recovery organisation KiwiHarvest.

Produced on Linda and Greg Taylor's orchard at Ingram Road, Waerenga-a-Hika, the avocados are part of a project the couple have named The Great Daily Avocado Auction.

The Taylors are to run avocado auctions online through Trade Me. All money raised will go to national food rescue charity KiwiHarvest — an organisation “that works with food businesses, including supermarkets, wholesalers, producers, cafés, restaurants, and hotels, to rescue the good food that they are not able to sell — whether that is because of oversupply, damaged packaging, cancelled orders, mislabelling, or because the food is nearing its best before date or end of life”.

Linda said they regularly donated produce from their orchard to KiwiHarvest, which redistributed it to people in need.

The dates of the auctions are yet to be confirmed as the avocados are best to eat around February and March.

The auctions will run over one week — one auction each day.

Daily avocados date back to California 1941 and can weigh up to two kilograms.

The Taylors said their Daily avocados weighed between 850 grams and 1.5 kilograms although one tipped the scales at 1.8kg.

The Taylors grow six different varieties of avocados as well as citrus fruits. They moved from Auckland to Gisborne in 2015 for a lifestyle and scenery change.

Linda said their experience so far had been great. “People in Gisborne are so generous with their time and everyone has been so supportive.”

THAT'S A LOT OF AVO ON TOAST: Linda Taylor holds up a Daily avocado grown by herself and husband Greg on their Waerenga-a-Hika orchard. Also admiring the fruit is Millie the dog. The Taylors are to auction off avocados on Trade Me to raise funds for food rescue charity KiwiHarvest. Picture by Paul Rickard