Avocado Armageddon Avoided - A Move in the Ripe Direction


Finally some good news in 2020. The world without avocados has been avoided thanks to an Australian scientist who found a way to preserve the avocado for the future! 

Avocados are one of the world’s most at risk foods because they require a lot of water to grow and climate change could make them impossible to grow. 

An Australian PhD student Chris O’Brien has been exploring the science of deep freeze that uses liquid nitrogen. Cryopreservation is commonly used to freeze human sperm and eggs and also frozen plants and certain fruits but not Avocados because they end up as brown mush. Chris found a solution by shooting the tips with Vitamin C, sucrose and cold temperatures and then deep freeze them. So far he has successfully revived 80 avocado plants.

Guac on my friends.


- Katie Stanners