Hall Avocado Grow Guide

A Hall Avocado On The Tree
Image Credit: Team Zissou

Hall Avocado has a lot of great things going for it:

  • The fruit is not very watery 💧 (Despite being a Florida Avocado)
  • You can enjoy them on Thanksgiving 🦃 AND Christmas 🌲
  • They are moderately cold tolerant ❄️

With that being said, this grow guide will cover everything that you need to know about Hall Avocado:

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Hall Avocado Tree Characteristics

The Hall Avocado Tree is a Flowering Type A Avocado. In other words, the female flowers open in the morning and male flowers in the afternoon. In order to maximize Hall’s fruit production, the tree should be planted near a Flowering Type B Avocado with a similar fruiting season. This includes avocado cultivars such as:

A Bowl Full of Hall Avocados
Image Credit: Camille Ipsen

Speaking of fruit production, Hall’s fruit production consistently ranges from average to good. The avocados themselves are small to medium-sized pear-shaped fruits that typically weigh between 0.8 – 1.5 lbs.

The Hall Avocado is a Guatemalan X West Indian Hybrid. Similar to other Guatemalan X West Indian Hybrids such as Lula, Choquette, Kampong and Marcus Pumpkin, Hall is moderately cold tolerant to temperatures as low as 25°F. This makes Hall a great option for those in USDA Hardiness Zones 9B and above.

Hall Avocado Flavor Profile

The Hall Avocado boasts a vibrant green and thick skin with a smooth and glossy texture. The skin can be easily peeled off without sticking to the fruit and making a mess.

Cutting into the fruit will reveal a deep yellow, dry, and dense flesh. There is a distinct nutty flavor that will easily catch your attention, coupled with a notable oil content ranging from 12% to 16%.

A Hall Avocado Cut In Half
Image Credit: Team Zissou

Honestly, Hall reminds me of Choquette, but a bit nuttier as well as having a slightly drier texture. However, given the choice between a Hall and Choquette, I’d probably lean towards Hall. Not only do I slightly prefer Hall’s flavor, but Hall also has a better flesh-to-seed ratio relative to Choquette.

With that being said, Choquette is considered a commercial cultivar and will produce more fruit than Hall. So if you can live with a similar-like taste in order to get more fruit, then Choquette would be a great choice. As with every variety of avocado, there are pros and cons 😊

Avocado Toast Made With Hall Avocado
Image Credit: Team Zissou

Finally, Hall earns additional points in my book by sidestepping the common excess watery quality that is all too common in Florida Avocados.

Hall Avocado Season (And When To Pick)

Hall Avocados are considered a mid to late-season avocado (November – February).

With that being said, the best time to pick Hall Avocados are when they are mature on the tree. To maximize Hall Avocado’s flavor, I recommend harvesting and enjoying them in November and December. That is because by January/February, the fruit will begin to noticeably decline in both overall quality and flavor.

A Hall Avocado On The Tree
Image Credit: Team Zissou

While determining an avocado’s maturity can be difficult and require some trial and error, I have developed a repeatable process that has worked great for me:

  1. Starting Nov 15, pull a single fruit off the tree and allow it ripen for 3 – 8 days (at room temperature).
    • Delicately create small indents all around the fruit using your fingers.
      • If you detect a mixture of hard and soft spots, the fruit is not yet ripe. 
      • Conversely, uniform softness (not super soft) throughout the fruit indicates that it is ready for consumption.
  2. Taste the fruit – is the taste or consistency off ?
    • If the fruit tastes great, the rest of the avocados on our tree are ready to be harvested.
    • If the fruit tastes sour/foul/rancid, wait another month and repeat the process with another single fruit.
      • Fruit that are picked too early will often become black/inedible.

After confirming that the avocados on our tree are mature, we can begin developing our ‘avocado pipeline.’ This involves picking some fruit to ripen on the counter for more immediate use while also placing others in the refrigerator to be used later. By adopting this approach, we can ensure a continuous supply of ripe avocados.

Hall Avocado History

The Hall Avocado was first propagated in Miami, Florida by Willis Hall in the 1930’s. 

Hall Avocado Tree For Sale

Since Hall Avocados are a well-established and popular variety, they are typically found for sale at most local garden nurseries. Even if they aren’t in stock, most nurseries can procure them relatively quickly.

With that being said, if you are unable to find one at a local nursery, your next best option is checking out Lara Farms Miami (not sponsored). They are one of the only legit places online where you are getting exactly what you are paying for. 

Lara Farms has over 30 varieties of avocados available. They do ship!

Conclusion

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Thank you for reading! 🙂

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Matthew Rowlings

I have an Associates Degree in Biology from the University of Florida and am also an active Florida Master Gardener. I am located in Central Florida (Zone 10A) and have 6+ years of experience with growing 20+ types of tropical trees. You can learn more about me and why I started Tropical Tree Guide on my about page.

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