Super Hass (Ooh La La) Avocado Grow Guide

An Immature and Unripe Super Hass Avocado Fruit on the Tree
Image Credit: D’s Fruit Trees

One of the most popular avocado questions I get asked is, “Can I grow Hass Avocados in Florida?”

While the answer is technically ‘yes,’ Hass Avocados don’t tend to thrive and produce well in Florida.

Enter the Super Hass Avocado: a ‘Hass-Like’ fruit that not only performs remarkably better in our climate, but also you would be hard-pressed to discern the difference between it and a store-bought Hass.

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

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Super Hass Avocado Tree Characteristics

The Super Hass 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 Super Hass’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:

  • Beta
  • Day
  • Tonnage
  • Tower-2
A Super Hass Avocado Tree Flushing New Growth and Flowers
Image Credit: Langston Forest

Super Hass’s fruit production consistently ranges from average to good. The avocados themselves are small to medium-sized fruits that typically weigh between 0.8 and 1.2 lbs (larger than a regular Hass). By the same token, Super Hass has a medium-sized seed, resulting in a decent flesh-to-seed ratio.

The Super Hass Avocado is a Guatemalan X Mexican Hybrid. Similar to other Guatemalan X Mexican Hybrids like Bacon, Ettinger, Fuerte, Hass, and Winter Mexican, Super Hass is highly cold tolerant and able to withstand temperatures as low as 22º F, making it one of the most cold hardy avocados available.

As a result, Super Hass is a great option for those who are in USDA Hardiness Zones 9A and above.

A Cluster of Super Hass Avocados Hanging from the Tree
Image Credit: Andrew Harris

Finally, the Super Hass Avocado Tree has a vigorous and spreading growth habit.

Super Hass Avocado Flavor Profile

The Super Hass Avocado’s thin, purple, and bumpy skin is almost completely indistinguishable from a regular Hass Avocado. I have found that the only consistent differentiator is that Super Hass is approximately 20% to 50% larger than Hass. With the exception of size, the fruits are honestly identical twins.

Upon cutting open a Super Hass, one will find that the fruit can easily be scooped out with a spoon.

A Perfectly Mature and Ripe Super Hass Avocado Cut In Half
Image Credit: Tropical Acres Farms

Speaking of the fruit, Super Hass’s pale yellow flesh has an incredibly butter-like, creamy texture with a high oil content. The flavor itself is primarily characterized by a deep, rich nuttiness. When perfectly ripened, Super Hass is a truly phenomenal avocado (maybe even a Top 5 for me).

Furthermore, I personally have a hard time discerning the difference between a Super Hass and Hass. However, the few Super Hass fruits that I have sampled have honestly tasted richer and creamier relative to a store-bought Hass.

That said, the single biggest issue with Super Hass Avocados is their unpredictability in terms of ripening, which can result in half the fruit being creamy and the other half remaining hard.

However, I wouldn’t say this a deal breaker (hear me out).

A Super Hass Avocado Cut In Half with some flesh eaten out of it with a spoon
Image Credit: Joseph McMahan

Not only are we getting a larger Hass-like fruit with a good amount of delicious flesh, but often the issue of uneven ripening can be resolved by delaying the harvesting of the fruit and also allowing the fruit to continue ripening on the counter. Super Hass Avocados can sometimes take upwards of 1-2 weeks to ripen properly on the counter.

Half Glass Empty = “Super Hass ripens unevenly” ; Half Glass Full = “Super Hass has a great shelf life!” 😄

Super Hass Avocado Season (And When To Pick)

Super Hass Avocados are considered a mid-season avocado (September – November).

That said, the best time to pick Super Hass Avocados are when they are mature on the tree

From a color perspective, this is when the fruit has transitioned to a deep-purple, almost black, color.

Young and Immature Super Hass Avocado Fruits On The Tree
Image Credit: Langston Forest

Unlike Mexicolas, which can be picked when the deep-purple, black color covers 80% – 90% of the fruit, I would recommend holding off on harvesting Super Hass until the entire fruit turns a deep purple. Doing so can help mitigate the risks of our Super Hass fruits not ripening evenly.

Additionally, I recommend waiting to harvest Super Hass until October/November. I have found that fruit harvested earlier in the season (September) is much more likely to have problems with uneven ripening.

Ripe and Mature Super Hass Avocados On The Tree
Image Credit: Tropical Acres Farms

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 Oct 1, after the fruit has transitioned to a deep-purple color, pull a single fruit off the tree and allow it ripen for 7 – 14 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 a 1 – 2 weeks, 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.

Super Hass Avocado History

As you’ve probably guessed, Super Hass is a seedling of Hass 😄

And while the fruit’s original name was Ooh La La, it was later changed to Super Hass.

According to Darryl McCullough of the Manatee Rare Fruit Council, Super Hass was originally cultivated by a backyard grower in Louisiana and caught the attention of Fruitscapes Owner Steve Cucura and Billy Hopkins, who saw its potential and introduced to it to Florida.

Given its excellent flavor and long shelf life, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Super Hass eventually became a mainstream commercial cultivar.

Super Hass Avocado Tree For Sale

For Florida Growers, Super Hass is as close to a California Hass as they’re going to get. Consequently, the tree and fruit have become very popular and easy to find in the nursery trade.

That 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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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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