|Photo by Ron, used by permission|
A Letter carrier is namesake behind the avocados of the world
This particular avocado was created by a letter carrier, Rudolph Hass of La Habra Heights, CA.
|Rudolph Hass with his wife, Elizabeth|
On his route, one of Hass’ customers was known for growing many different types of plants and trees and was experimenting with growing avocados. Hass purchased a few seed pits from him and planted them on his own property with an eye on the future.
As the seeds sprouted and grew into trees, he grafted cuttings from existing trees into the seedlings. After several years of failed grafts and experimentations, one of the young trees began producing avocados that were markedly different. They were luscious, large, and had a dark, pebbly skin unlike avocados previously grown, The flavor and texture were much richer, as well.
In 1935, Hass received a patent for his tree. As word spread of this new fruit variety, other growers began to buy bud wood from Rudolf to graft trees in their groves.
A whole new produce industry was created from this one parent tree and today, with sales of more than $1 billion in the U.S. alone, the Hass variety dominates the world of avocados.
|La Habra Heights, CA, Letter Carrier Bianca Gonzalez holds a Hass avocado. |
She’s at the site where the first tree was grafted by Letter Carrier Rudolph Hass.