Pollock Avocado Grow Guide

A Large Pollock Avocado that is ripe and mature
Image Credit: Sabrina Thais Marks

Despite Pollock Avocado no longer being planted on a commercial scale, it has stood the test of time, simply because they taste so damn good! 😋

So if you’re looking for a superior West Indian Avocado, look no further than Pollock.

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

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Pollock Avocado Tree Characteristics

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

This includes avocado cultivars such as:

A Pollock Avocado Tree loaded with fruit
Image Credit: Clive Prevatt

Pollock’ fruit production consistently ranges from poor to fair. The avocados themselves are medium to large, pear-shaped fruits that typically weigh between 1 and 2.5 lbs. By the same token, Pollock has a medium-sized seed, resulting in a decent flesh-to-seed ratio.

The Pollock Avocado is a West Indian Type, which means that it is very susceptible to cold damage.

Similar to other West Indian Avocados such as the Simmonds, Russell, Donnie, and Dupuis, Pollock should only be planted in areas that rarely experience freezing temperatures. This makes Pollock a great option for those in USDA Hardiness Zones 10B and above.

A Pollock Avocado Tree Flowering
Image Credit: Zaheer Mohammed

Finally, the Pollock Avocado Tree has a vigorous and upright growth habit.

Pollock Avocado Flavor Profile

The Pollock Avocado’s leathery skin is both smooth and glossy and easy to peel away from the fruit.

Upon opening the fruit, the seed will pop right out of the cavity. However, more times than not, the seed husk tends to stick to the fruit, which can be a tad frustrating.

A Mature and Ripe Pollock Avocado
Image Credit: Gustavo Giacon

The fruit’s deep yellow flesh is firm with a smooth and creamy texture. As one would expect from a West Indian Avocado, the Pollock Avocado has a low oil content in the single digits (3% – 8%). And while one may think this would be a negative attribute, it truly is not (the flavors are not in the oil).

From a flavor perspective, Pollock has a very West Indian flavor that is rich and dry, yet very pleasant. If you are looking for that pure ‘avocado flavor,’ I cannot recommend Pollock enough. Relative to other avocado cultivars, Pollock’s flavor is similar to Russell, Miguel, and Dupuis (but better, in my opinion).

However, if you want a similar flavor with a slightly higher oil content, you may want to consider Dupuis.

A Perfectly Ripe and Mature Pollock Cut In Half with the seed still in the fruit
Image Credit: Heidi

While Pollock’s lack of oil makes it a poor candidate for guacamole, my two favorite ways to enjoy Pollock are either with rice and beans or by putting a little bit of the fruit in our tacos/carnitas.

Despite not being a heavy producer by any stretch (along with the tree’s other undesirable characteristics), I believe that Pollock’s incredible flavor more than makes up for this.

Personally, if I had a Pollock in my yard, I would not get rid of it… they are that good!

Pollock Avocado Season (And When To Pick)

Pollock Avocados are considered an early to mid-season avocado (June – September).

While Pollock can be picked as early as June, I would encourage those wishing to grow Pollock to allow the tree to hang onto the fruit until July or August in order to maximize its flavor. That is because picking Pollock in June can sometimes result in the fruit being watery.

A Ripe and Mature Pollock Avocado Still On the Tree
Image Credit: Plant It

That said, the best time to pick Pollock Avocados are when they are mature on the tree. In addition to the fruit turning a light yellowish-green color, we can also check if the fruit is full size and then attempt to gently remove it from the tree.

If both of these conditions are met (in addition to it being June – Sept), then Pollock should be ready to harvest! 

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 June 25 (I personally like waiting until Aug if possible), 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 1-2 weeks, and repeat the process with another single fruit
      • Fruit that are picked too early will often become black/inedible.
A Ripe and Mature Pollock Avocado Still On the Tree
Image Credit: Plant It

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.

Pollock Avocado History

Cultivated from a seed originating in Cuba, the Pollock Avocado was initially propagated by H.S. Pollock in Miami, Florida, in 1896.

Pollock fruited for the first time in 1901 and quickly became a leading variety in the growing Commercial Florida Avocado Trade due to its large size and excellent flavor. However, Pollock was slowly replaced over the years due to the realization that it wasn’t a very productive avocado cultivar.

Simmonds is a seedling of Pollock.

Pollock Avocado Tree For Sale

Pollock is definitely one of the best West Indian Avocados out there.

However, Pollock is not a common cultivar due to the tree’s:

  • Lack of cold hardiness
  • Low production
  • High vigor
  • Increased susceptibility to Laurel Wilt

If you are still determined to grow a Pollock (I don’t blame you 😜), and can’t find one at your 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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